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August 7, 2019

Association of African American Museums Annual Conference 2019

The Association of African American Museums is excited to announce plans for its 41ST Annual Conference, August 7-10, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. The theme of the Conference, Roots of Revolution: Reaching Back | Pushing Forward, signifies a chance to usefully look to our shared past to inform and empower the crafting of our futures amid challenging times.

This conference will focus on the reach and the push requisite in leading people, developing systems, improving organizations, protecting collections, and impacting futures through the preservation of African American art, history and culture. We will explore how technologies can extend institutions’ capacities to make their collections and programs more accessible to users and the necessity of collaboration in a revolutionary digital age.


Tragedy and Tourism: Reconciliation and Resilience

“Struggles for liberation, civil rights, justice, peace -- can we use the memories of these events to improve our world today and create a better tomorrow?” These are the questions of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. From the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, Michigan, to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canada and to the Lumpkins Jail Site in Richmond Virgina; these sites and organizations ask us to remember, to engage, to learn and to move forward in a more thoughtful way. Not only can these organizations serve an activist or advocacy role, they are often tourist attractions benefiting the communities in which they operate and serve. They provide employment and volunteer opportunities, and also contribute to the economies of their respective areas. This session will focus on how places of memory become places of action in our community that bring people together to talk about the past to make a more just future. By bringing people together, these places organically spur economic development; the conversations held there make our communities better.

Moderator: Joy Bailey-Bryant, Vice President Lord Cultural Resources


  • Jules Polk, Director, The Heidelberg Project
  • Angela Cassie, Senior Vice-Preident, Programs, Exhibitions and Public Affairs, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Delores McQuinn, Slave Trail Commission, Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
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