The African American Museum of Iowa is temporarily closed for an on-going renovation project! You can visit our exhibit, Power & Impact, at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art from October 28, 2023 – March 31, 2024. Learn more about our renovation project and how you can be involved.

The African American Museum of Iowa is the only statewide museum devoted to preserving African American history and culture. Our mission includes exhibiting and teaching the African American heritage of Iowa. We educate over 30,000 people each year through museum tours, traveling exhibits, research services, youth and adult education programs, and community and fundraising events. Explore our collection and exhibits that trace Iowa’s African American history from its origins to the present.

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Oral History: Collecting & Preserving Personal Memories

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Freda Long
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Freda Carole Blakey Long was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. ...
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Born in Chicago, Nelson Evans came to Iowa to attend Upper Iowa ...
Arthur David “Superman” Pennington
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Art Pennington was born in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1940, at the age of ...

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