Where the Past Meets the Present
1528 Pontiac Trail Update - The African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County offers educational programs, oral history, exhibits, and Underground Railroad bus tours. The museum will be located in the mid-19th century Greek revival brick residence originally built by Albert Polhemus on East Washington street in downtown Ann Arbor . THE MOSAIC FOUNDATION (of R. & P. Heydon) acquired the structure a decade ago and have been rehabilitating it both for its own use and for the AACHM to display its collection of artifacts, art, papers books photographs and other materials relating to the history and culture of African Americans in Washtenaw County.
Dedicated to the preservation of Black history in Washtenaw County
The Museum is a place where the history, presence and contributions of the African American community in Washtenaw County will be accessible to educate and inspire members and visitors. It will provide a place for the community to donate their documents, photographs, books, maps, publications, artifacts and more that relate to the African American experience.
1528 Pontiac Trail is less than 1 mile northwest of the Broadway Historic District which contains over 100 historic homes, dating back to 1838. 1528 is surrounded by more than 8 Underground Railroad sites that are on our UGRR tour including 3 on Pontiac Trail. 1528 is minutes away from several other historical houses, parks and buildings including the 4th & Ann Street Black Business District, Kerrytown, Lower Town and Wheeler Park.
1528 is within walking distance of Northside School and will be a great educational resource and curriculum enhancement for all youth, teens and college students.