Q: Why isn’t (a person, a town, an event, etc.) in your exhibits? Why don’t you have an exhibit about (a person, a town, an event, etc.)
A: Our permanent exhibit provides an overview of African American history from before the transatlantic slave trade until Barack Obama’s election in 2008. With the space we have available, it’s impossible to tell every story but we’ve done our best to pick stories and information that give the best overview and represent communities across the state.
Our current exhibit changes annually. We choose a new topic every year and solicit community feedback on upcoming exhibits. If you’d like to contribute to these surveys, please follow us on social media or join our email list.
Programs & Educational Resources
Q: What programs do you have coming up? Where can I find information on the location or time of an upcoming program?
Traveling exhibits are light, portable, and easy to install. They can be borrowed for a fee of $50 plus mileage or shipping, if applicable. The typical reservation period is two weeks, and bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Traveling trunks enhance your classroom or library with a professionally curated, themed collection of learning materials. Each trunk includes reading materials, activities, and a curriculum guide with lesson plan ideas for classroom and home schoolteachers.
Q: When was the Museum founded? What is its history?
A: The museum was founded in 1993 by a group of individuals from Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids. The Museum built and moved into its current location and building in 2003. For more information, head to History, Vision, Mission.
Q: Was the Museum impacted by the flood of 2008?
A: Yes, the Museum building took on approximately 5 ½ feet of water during the 2008 flood. It damaged the entire first level. We reopened to the public the next year. Though many of the items in our collection were damaged by the flood, the majority were saved.
Q: I’d like to donate something to the museum’s collection.