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The African American Heritage Society, Inc. was founded September 12,1990 as a 501(c) 3 organization and has continued to operate uninterruptedly with vision and purpose for nearly 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 and to continue to lead the area in supporting and promoting Cultural Tourism.

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' above for a listing of the many transformative presentations that we have presented to the Pensacola and Greater Gulf Coast Region.


The Historic Coulson House built in 1865 has been the Headquarters of the Society since 2000. Prior to our location here, we were located for our first ten (10) years at the Pensacola Cultural Center also in the Historical District.

Non Discrimination Statement:

The African American Heritage Society, Inc. was also founded upon the principles of diversity and inclusion and as such, 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.



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.

We recognize with honor all of our local, regional and national fallen heroes.

In particular, at this time we remember Lt. James Polkinghorne, Jr., the first West Florida Cadet in the U.S Air Force 99th pursuit squadron missing in action in Italy in World War II.



Four Star General Daniel "Chappie" James. First African American Four Star General.

Three Star Admiral David L. Brewer, III.  First African American to serve as Vice Commander at Pensacola NAS.

Captain Donnie Cochran. Served two tours as Blue Angels Demonstration Pilot and became the Blue Angels Commanding Officer in 1995-1996.

Last but not least, local Pensacolian and 1986 graduate of Washington High School, Rear Admiral Kenneth W. Epps, assigned to the U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

BELOW:  Slideshow of attendees at some of our Programs:


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 website at aahspensacola.org accordingly regarding our plans to reopen. 

Staff will be working remotely until further notice. If you need any assistance please email me at:  choward@aahspensacola.org.  We will be checking our voicemails daily as well. 

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.

200 Church Street

Pensacola, FL 32502

 (850) 469 -1456 

Email address:    aahspensacola@africanamericanheritagesociety.org


Monday:        Closed

Tuesday:        10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday:   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday:      10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday:           10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday:       10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday:          Closed