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Advocating, sharing and collecting Black History in Western New York


The Buffalo African American Museum (BAAM) is proud to have the celebrate and commemorate these milestones through the decades.  If you would like to request any of these traveling exhibits at your location, please reach out to us.

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Michigan Avenue YMCA

The Michigan Avenue YMCA and its history was considered the most important place for BAAM to begin because it provided education, character building, and developed social, economical relationships for learning how to live a better life. Thousands of people both young and old benefited from this experience.

This is the first exhibit curated by the BAAM. It highlights the founding and history of the Michigan Avenue YMCA. 


The Making of a Monument at Martin Luther King Jr. Park

In 1982, after the City of Buffalo had already renamed Humboldt Park after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., agreed to work in concert with leadership from Buffalo’s African-American community to commission and install a major work of public sculpture in the park.


Trustees of the Martin Luther King Memorial Trust Fund entered into a public-private partnership with the City of Buffalo to explore the opportunity to create a permanent public memorial to the work and legacy of Dr. King.



Every dollar counts as we work towards a brick and mortar museum in Buffalo, NY

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