CBS 58 gets first look inside America's Black Holocaust Museum ahead of grand reopening in Milwaukee
The area is part of the city's sixth district led by Alderwoman Milele Coggs.
Coggs remembers visiting the former museum as a child.
"Also when Bronzeville was created in 2005, legislatively, it had two anchors -- one of the anchors was the Inner-city Arts Council on 7th and North Avenue and the other anchor, that's stated legislatively was America's Black Holocaust Museum," Coggs said.
The museum eventually went virtual, and the group kept strategizing.
As part of their plans, Jackson set up a meeting with Ald. Coggs.
And she met with then-mayor Tom Barrett and the Department of City Development.
"I think it was important for us to assist with that re-emergence in Bronzeville, at the location that they started at not just for the fulfillment of Mr. Cameron's vision but also for the whole community to see," Coggs said.
With help from the city, the team was able to keep the museum in its original spot.
"Initially, they were still open when Reggie Jackson came to me about it. But with negotiations with the department of city development and the bank the city was able to step in and to negotiate a fair financial resolution and take ownership of the building," she explained.
America's Black Holocaust Museum now lives on the first floor of "The Griot", the residential and commercial space by developer Melissa Goins.
With a clear future in sight, the museum's funding slowly started to return.
In just the last couple of years, anonymous donors gave a total of $11 million dollars to the museum -- part of which will help create an endowment.
The museum's footprint doesn't end here.
The next phases involve community and educational programming and expansion within Bronzeville.
This means Dr. Cameron's legacy will live on and will his visions of racial understanding, reconciliation and healing -- for everyone.
"If we communicate, we are a powerful people and sometimes we can be our own worst enemies," Virgil Cameron said. "I hope this inspires people to do the best that they can and continue to march."
The grand reopening of America's Black Holocaust Museum Friday, Feb. 25, on Dr. Cameron's 108th birthday.