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Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM CST - Virtual Tour: Exhibit and Program Immediately Followed by:

Lecture Presentation: Dr. Lillie Edwards at 5:00 PM

Both via Zoom - Register Now

Guest Lecturer: Lillie Edwards, Ph.D.

Our Guest Lecturer, Dr. Lillie Edwards, is Professor Emerita of History and African American studies at Drew University in Madison, NJ where she has served for twenty-three years.  She is the founding Director of Pan-African Studies and Director of American Studies. Recognized for distinguished teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and for excellence in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted university faculty service award.

Prior to her position at Drew, she taught at DePaul University in Chicago (in African American history and as founding Director of American Studies); at UNC-Chapel Hill (Department of History); and at Earlham College (Department of History and Coordinator of African American Studies).  

Dr. Edwards is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002. She currently serves on Oberlin’s Board of Trustees where she is chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. She received her doctorate in U.S. Southern history, African history, and African literature from the University of Chicago where she studied under the preeminent historian, the late Dr. John Hope Franklin. She has published several articles on African American women and African American religion in encyclopedia and anthologies. A life member of the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH) and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Dr. Edwards and her husband received the Mary McLeod Bethune Award from ASALH in recognition of their support of the organization.  

Proud of her family roots in Columbus, Georgia, Dr. Edwards currently resides in Pensacola Beach, FL and Montclair, NJ with her husband. They are parents to two adult children, both educated in the Montclair, NJ public schools.

African American History Exhibit AND Lecture:

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow will OPEN on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM with Guest Lecturer to Follow:

To register for this combined Exhibit and Lecture Event click here .

This exhibit will explore and teach the untaught history of America beginning in 1619 with the arrival of the first enslaved Africans that marked the beginning of enslaved humans in America. The Dutch slave ship arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, one year before the Mayflower.

This exhibit is a must for all who revere history and knowledge. The original groundbreaking and highly celebrated exhibit was curated by the storied New York Historical Society Museum & Library founded in 1804 as New York's first museum. The title of this exhibit suggests coverage of the singular time period of Jim Crow, as that was in fact the subject of the original eight (8) poster exhibit. However, the exhibit has been augmented with sixteen (16) additional posters curated by Cheryl Howard, Pres/CEO of the African American Heritage Society, to cover a significantly larger period beginning with the Continent of Africa, and continuing to the present, including current events, which are credited as the catalyst for the present social justice awakening.

The Exhibit will be available on our website for virtual viewing and also Live at Voices of Pensacola the week following the grand opening for MEMBERS of the African American Heritage Society and the week following for the general public.

 Stated in an address to the National Urban League in 1946:

"We must make every effort [to ensure] that the past injustice, violence and economic discrimination will be made known to the people."

"The taboo, the 'let's-not-talk-about-it' must be broken."

  Albert Einstein

To learn more about Mr. Einstein's commitment to Social Justice


This event is presented in partnership with the UWF Historic Trust.

And Sponsored By:



Lecture sponsored in part by the JOHN C. PACE lecture series.


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.

Rev. Edward Hayes

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

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.

Permanent Exhibit


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:


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.

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