MILWAUKEE (February 25, 2016) – America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. James Cameron with an annual Founder’s Day gathering on Saturday, February 27 at Centennial Hall in Milwaukee.
This year’s program, Black Voices Matter! An Evening of Arts and Culture, dramatizes the historic and enduring struggle against violence and oppression by black artists and writers. It features an ensemble production by theater artists Hansberry Sands and Marti Gobel, dramatic readings from Dr. Cameron’s memoir by Reggie Jackson, and an audience talkback moderated by Milwaukee talk show host Eric Von.
The community is invited to an unveiling of a new museum exhibit about Dr. Cameron’s life and writings, created by the Milwaukee Public Library, beginning at 5:00pm and purchase the newly illustrated and expanded edition of Dr. Cameron’s inspiring memoir: A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story.
Cameron’s memoir is the only account ever written by a lynching survivor. This updated edition includes never-before-published chapters, 50 vintage photographs, more than 100 annotations next to Cameron’s text that provide definitions of the era’s expressions, background on the characters and historic events.
The book’s Afterword is written by Cameron’s protégé and ABHM Board Chair Reggie Jackson. “It’s nothing short of amazing what Dr. Cameron was able to accomplish in his seventy-one years as a civil rights pioneer, working man, self-taught historian, writer, father of five, and founder of America’s Black Holocaust Museum,” said Jackson. “I’m honored to have known him and to be a part of keeping his vision and legacy alive through this annual gathering.”
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016
5:00 pm – Doors Open & Museum Exhibit 6:00 pm – Program & Audience Talkback
Where: Centennial Hall, 733 N. 8th St, Milwaukee, WI
Cost: General Admission $35/person – Student: $13/person
A Time of Terror will be available for purchase for only $20. Tickets can be purchased at www.abhmuseum.org
About America’s Black Holocaust Museum: America’s Black Holocaust Museum was founded in 1984 in a Milwaukee storefront by Dr. James Cameron, the only known survivor of a lynching. In 1988 Cameron acquired a spacious free-standing building, where he continued to education the public about the harmful, persistent legacies of slavery. On February 25, 2012, ABHM came back to life as a unique, cutting-edge, interactive, virtual museum. This 21st century, cost-effective format makes ABHM available to people around the world that would otherwise have no access to its information and resources. ABHM also installs temporary exhibits in public and university buildings in the greater Milwaukee area. The virtual museum is still in its infancy, but exhibits are added every week.