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Thirtieth (30th) Annual Member's Meeting

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6:15 PM

Via Zoom by Invitation

Our 30th year started with Hurricane Sally, thereby occasioning the postponement of our Annual September Member's Meeting to October 28, 2020 at 6:15 PM.

It is at the Annual Member's Meeting that we inform as to the health of the organization and introduce the programs and events planned for the upcoming season. If you would like to support the effort to continue our mission, please join us with a membership by clicking here on membership  or at the top of our website home page.

NOTE: ALL Members, current and new, must register to attend the Annual Meeting so that you will receive the Zoom invitation.



Celebrating Diversity for Thirty (30) Years.

The African American Heritage Society, Inc. was founded September 12,1990 as a 501(c) 3 organization and has operated continuously with vision and purpose for thirty (30) years. 

Our mission is to preserve, promote, educate and integrate African American history, heritage, culture and diversity, in Pensacola and the Greater Gulf Coast Region through education and the humanities, and to continue to lead the area in supporting and promoting Cultural Tourism in Northwest Florida.

Through quality programming, the African American Heritage Society ("the Society") has offered retrospective exhibits in the visual arts and humanities, performing arts programs, cultural festivals, as well as educational lectures, all highlighting a broad spectrum of the African American unique and creative influences and contributions to American life. 

Please click the link above entitled 'chronological history & record of events' for a listing of the many transformative presentations that we have presented in Pensacola and the surrounding Greater Gulf Coast Region.

The Historic "Coulson House" was built in 1865 and has been the Headquarters of the African American Heritage Society for twenty (20) years. Prior to our location here, we were at the Pensacola Cultural Center, also in the Historical District, from 1990 to 2000. The above photo is of the entrance to the Gallery.

Non Discrimination Statement:

The African American Heritage Society, Inc. was also founded upon the principles of diversity and inclusion. The Society does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, nor disability. Employment opportunities, membership, attendance and access to our center, gallery, programs, and events are open to ALL, and we invite you to join us.


Achieving Social Justice through Education

The African American Heritage Society was founded upon the belief that in order to achieve social justice, we must begin with an informed and educated citizenry. This is why our mission statement, actions through our programming, and events over the decades have all been undergirded by education. Our Lecture Series, which has been very popular will continue, and this year we will seek to educate by providing a more complete history of America and it's relationship with Americans of African Descent.

We know that American History, as taught in the U.S. school system is incomplete. It often leaves out important people, facts, and details, which if included could improve our collective understanding of how we as a nation have arrived at this particular moment in time, yet again. That moment in time that I refer to is this country's collective reckoning with the many social injustices that continue to exist within the everyday framework of our lives. There are emphatically dual systems of engagement for people of different "races" within this one country. How did that happen? We will answer that question and more this season by providing an historical context to the questions: How did African Americans arrive in America? When? For what purpose? What atrocities have we been legally subjected to? How have we survived? What contributions have we made despite the odds? What is the current state of this 'union'?

We sincerely believe that the best way to effect change is not to ignore historical facts and wish them away, but to face those historical facts soberly, and intentionally, no matter how dark and difficult to accept. By doing this, we operate from the position of knowledge, rather than ignorance, as the former yields greater understanding and a resulting lack of tolerance for injustice. 

Please stay tuned for our co-sponsored exhibit, "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow", with the University of West Florida's Historic Trust, opening in November 2020.  Our "More Complete" American History lecture series will be implemented in conjunction with the exhibit over the course of several months. 

Do you recognize the people or history associated with the events depicted below? Their significance to American History along with many other people, places, and American Historical facts will be explored and taught about as part of our Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow exhibit.


1)  What does "Jim Crow" mean and how was it used in Florida. The video, "Jim Crow in Florida" is provided by the Florida Humanities Council and provides educational information as to the meaning of "Jim Crow", how it evolved, its' purposes, and more. (Watch below).

2)  The National Archives has provided original footage of the original March on Washington in 1963. (Watch below).

Board of Directors:


Cheryl Howard, J.D., Co-Founder 

Lornetta T. Epps, M.D., Co-Founder

Angela McCorvey, Ph.D.

Gael Frazer, J.D.

The Late Rev. Michael Johnson, Ph.D. 

Fred Gant, J.D.

Brunie Emmanuel         

Marion Williams, Ph.D. 

Keya Wiggins, Ph.D. 

Leon Stubbs

Bill Caplinger

Chris Hendricks    

Richard Cohen, J.D. 

Doris Munoz


Laurel Boyd, Ph.D.           Saundra Daggs

Jim Boyd, M.D.            Leon Daggs

     Dr. and Mrs. Lamont Canada

             The Late Judge and Mrs. Howard Bennett

LECTURE: PART 2 - Coming Soon!

Registration will open in October. 



The History and Legacy of Racism in America and Its Intersection with Christianity, Part 2

The African American Heritage Society is pleased to present Part 2 of this lecture via Zoom, Coming Soon.   An additional lecture in this Speakers Series has been scheduled based upon the significant feedback and requests of those who attended Part 1, on Saturday, August 15, 2020, 6:00 PM.

Our guest speakers again are Daniel and Taheesha Quarells, founders of the Freedmen’s University, an organization focused on making Black History relevant to generations.

Daniel is an author and the host of Freedmen’s University Podcast. An analyst by trade for the past twenty (20) years, he has extended his skillset to researching, writing, and speaking on the intersectionality of African American history, theology, and apologetics to address modern social problems.

Taheesha is a U.S. Army veteran and has dedicated the last fifteen (15) years of her career to expanding educational and career opportunities for minorities and military members. As a researcher and accomplished speaker, she focuses on developing solutions to help African Americans overcome educational and workforce inequities.

You will be invited to participate in this program Via Zoom by registering for the program here on our website under the EVENTS tab, as soon as Part 2 is rescheduled.

Attendees will again be invited to remain after the program for a Question and Answer period with the Presenters, and an opportunity for comments after the program.

Note: The following resource books are recommended by the authors for reading before OR after the presentation.

1. Christianity and Race Prejudice, by Rev. Francis J. Grimke (1910)


or read online:  https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=yale.39002007025589 

2. Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Both programs funded in part by:



                                      Logo - Division of Cultural Affairs - Florida Department of State

One Moment Please!

If you would like to see more programming like this, and those events that are listed above under our Chronological History and Record of Events, please click on membership to join us, or donate to make a contribution. WE ARE A UNITED WAY OF WEST FLORIDA CERTIFIED AGENCY.


Donations ID: CH2065                                                  ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.



The African Presence in the Americas from the year 1492  

This Gallery Exhibit was acquired from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture which is located at and generously supported by The New York Public Library.

This exhibit was paid for in part with an Arts Program grant provided by the Pensacola Chapter of The Links, Inc.

BELOW:  Slideshow of attendees at some of our Programs:

Pensacola's Social Justice Movement at Graffiti Bridge (Below)


Dear Friends of the African American Heritage Society and Museum,

In the interest of safety for our visitors and staff, and in accordance with guidance from local, state, federal officials, and our neighboring UWF Historic Trust Museums, we will be closed to the public effective Sunday, March 15, 2020 until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update our websiteStaff will be working remotely until further notice. If you need any assistance please email: aahspensacola@gmail.com

We thank you for your understanding as we work together to serve our community during this challenging time.

Wishing you good health,

Staff and Board of Directors

African American Heritage Society, Inc.

Historic District

The Coulson House

200 Church Street | Pensacola, Florida 32502

Email: aahspensacola@gmail.com


Museum hours currently suspended due to Covid-19.

Please join our Virtual Programs.