Location 87 Monroe Center St.

    1 Block east of Rosa Parks Circle

Our mission is to promote, preserve, display, collect and honor the lives, culture, history and accomplishments of African, African American, and connected peoples in the Greater Grand Rapids Michigan community.

"We are not makers of history, We are made by history"

Martin Luther King Jr.

    Come be inspired

What do all of these people have in common?


Proposed opening date for your own museum that tells your stories. We want families, schools, researchers and individuals to know the global impact of African Americans from our city.


Come inspire others

Early planning, financing campaign, pursue a location and start construction. Share your experience, knowledge and skills with other creative minds in these efforts.

Our Mission

Save Our African American Treasures
1:00 – 4:30 pm | Level 4 | Vander Veen Center for the Book

GRPL and GRAAMA (Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives) invite veterans to bring in your family photographs, letters, and journals during Taste of Soul Sunday. We will digitize your items and talk about how your family history contributes to the story of our community

Please consider a year end donation to GRAAMA

Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives


Thursday Night Panel 7:00 pm

Hours are 12:00 noon til 5:00 p m  Tuesday- Saturday .  We have special event hours please call 616 540-2943 for more information

Talkback Session Panel Thursday 2/28 7:00 pm