1528 Pontiac Trail - Where the Past Meets the Present

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 tell the stories of the history and culture of African Americans in Washtenaw County.


Imagine the stories that could be shared if this pew from Brown Chapel AME Church in Ypsilanti could talk. It speaks to you in this Museum. Chances are someone who is in this background photo of Brown Chapel from 1910  is sitting on this pew. Brown Chapel is the second oldest AME Church in the

state of Michigan.



Museum Exhibit Space  -  The interior of this historic house has been

restored while maintaining the integrity of the space and era it was built in.

We will let you know the estimated opening date this Spring.

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.

The original location on Washington St.

AACHM moves past the Hands-on Museum

Heading North

Past Kerrytown, an early neighborhood of African American life

Coming across the Broadway Street Bridge

Turning up to Pontiac Trail past Ann Arbor's oldest commercial building. Across the street from where the "Signal of Liberty" was published.

Coming up Pontiac Trail

New location - 1528 Pontiac Trail