Museum Lifts Voices of GR's African American Community January 12, 2017

Opening just before ArtPrize Eight and hosting a grand opening ceremony just after Christmas, the Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives (GRAAMA) aims to celebrate the history, culture and diversity of the city's African American community, showcasing more than 30 years of community building and art collecting by a group of individuals dedicated to African American history and culture.


At the helm of the project is George Bayard, an art gallery owner and collector whose personal mission fueled the museum. With the ribbon cut at a temporary location and an eye on a future build, GRAAMA aims to make an indelible mark on Grand Rapids and showcase the incredible legacy of the African American community in West Michigan.

New Museum Celebrates Royal Opening December 20, 2016

Few know that William J. Hardy, a former slave freed in the 1840s, came to own hundreds of acres south of Grand Rapids, and was eventually elected to the role of Gaines Township supervisor in 1872.


At the Grand Rapids African-American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA), visitors can soon learn more about Hardy and others in the African-American community who helped build the city into what it is today.


The Grand Rapids African-American Museum and Archives holds its Royal Opening on December 26. Food, music, and an official ribbon-cutting will be followed by a Kwanzaa ceremony.


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