Milwaukee's Black Holocaust Museum Will Open in February After Being Closed for Over a Decade
America's Black Holocaust Museum will reopen to the public on Feb. 25, 2022, more than a decade after it was forced to give up its space.
The Milwaukee museum was first founded in 1984 by Dr. James Cameron — himself the survivor of a 1930's lynching when he was only 16 years old — built as a historical and memorial museum to commemorate Black history from pre-captivity in Africa to now. Cameron passed away in 2006 and the museum was forced to shut its doors just two years later. But in 2012, it came back in an online, interactive format.
The museum, which defines a holocaust as "a series of atrocities organized by one social group against another," was initially slated to reopen in a physical space last year, but plans were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. When it finally does open, it will welcome visitors in person on what would have been Cameron's 108th birthday.
"It is indeed an honor to continue the great and most necessary work of Dr. Cameron," Dr. Robert "Bert" Davis, the museum's president and CEO, told Travel + Leisure, calling him a "true Griot," a West African term for storyteller. "More than ever, our nation needs the healing vision of Dr. James Cameron… we are continuing to celebrate and advance his vision by keeping America's Black Holocaust Museum alive."
Information on tickets to America's Black Holocaust Museum will be available closer to the opening date.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.