Dear Supporter:


On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Grand Rapid African American Museum and Archives, under the Executive Order by Governor Whitmer, GRAAMA has been asked to close temporarily, help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable GRAAMA patrons. The order is now extended to April 30th, 2020, so all events previously scheduled have been canceled and will possibly be rescheduled if possible. Our talk and exhibit on doll collecting on March 21st is canceled, as is our tour of the Undefeated artwork of Kadir Nelson at Calvin College is canceled. The Exposing Our Roots lecture series is postponed until June 2020. Our month devoted to African American Poetry and the Haiku Middle Passage in April have been canceled with the latest extension of social distancing though we are working on some online alternatives to viewing the works as well as including audio commentary.


Please be safe and follow the recommended guidelines to lessen the possibility of contracting COVID-19. Check us out on Facebook for updated information.

The Museum needs your financial support to continue its work on the path toward creating experiences that are accessible and designed for the needs and interests of persons of African ancestry and those who wish to know more about the art, history and culture of African-derived cultures in our local history.


Make your contribution to the Museum today by clicking below to donate online at www.graama.org, call 616.649.3778 or mail your check payable to the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, 87 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.


Please urge the U.S. Congress to consider the COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus as well as additional economic relief proposals in the future.





George Bayard

Executive Director


You have little power over what’s not yours. — Zimbabwean proverb

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