California African American Museum

California … land of golden sunrises, azure waters and days that seem to go on forever.  Hopefully, Black culture comes to mind and the California African American Museum (CAAM) has been working diligently to this end.

Presently located in Exposition Park of Los Angeles, the California African American Museum was founded in 1977.  The 44, 000 square foot space was designed by African-American architects Jack Haywood and Vincent Proby.  Its mission, according to its statement, is “… to research, collect, preserve, and interpret for public enrichment the history, art, and culture of African Americans with an emphasis on California and the western United States.”

Accessible by automobile (there is a fee for parking), bus, and the Metro rail line, CAAM is the first African American museum to be completely supported by a state government.  Because the Museum receives support from the State of California, all of the exhibitions, programs, and events are always free and open to the public.  This outstanding support illustrates that the State respects the innumerable contributions African Americans have made to California, the American West and the global community!