Since its opening in April 2007, the Evansville African American Museum has made great strides toward fulfilling its mission as a cultural and educational hub celebrating the contributions of African Americans to Evansville and the Tri-State.

The journey that led to construction of the museum began in 2001 with the acquisition of our building – the last remaining structure of Lincoln Gardens, built in 1938 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

The museum is embarking on the final phase of its capital campaign to establish an endowment to support the operation and maintenance of museum facilities, build out our exhibits and complete a multipurpose room. We are embarking on this phase now because of a deal that is too good to pass up – additional matching funds from the city of Evansville.

Hundreds of individuals, businesses and foundations have helped bring the Evansville African American Museum from concept to reality. We need your financial support now to ensure that the museum will remain to share our community’s history with school, church and reunion groups, tourists and other visitors for many years to come.

Since the museum opened its doors, your support has helped the museum host two traveling exhibits; present monthly Fabulous First Friday programs showcasing the lives and contributions of African Americans in Evansville and sponsor Black History Month events each year.

The museum has also collaborated with community organizations including the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville and WNIN television and radio.

We are excited about the future development of the Evansville African American Museum and ask you to help us secure the financial future of one of our city’s newest community institutions. Thank you for your support.

Thanks to all who have contributed time, talent and treasure to make the Evansville African American Museum a reality.

Major Supporters:

• City of Evansville
• Evansville Metropolitan Housing Authority
• Vectren Corporation
• Welborn Baptist Foundation
• Integra Bank
• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana
• Lincoln Clark Douglass Alumni Association
• Casino Aztar
• Fifth Third Bank
• Bussing-Koch Foundation
• D.B.K.-Vision, Inc. – McDonald’s
• Old National Bank


Help Secure the EAAM’s Future

 from Planned Giving

A bequest, a gift through one’s will, is one of the simplest ways to provide for the Evansville African-American Museum’s future. You may arrange for the museum to receive:
  • A specific dollar amount.
  • Specified assets- such as securities, real estate, fine art, or historic personal property.
  • All or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after all other obligations are settled.

Your bequest can provide flexibility to the museum in meeting our future needs build the museum’s collection, strengthen our operating goals, and insure that your legacy of support lives on.

For more information call: 812-423-5188   See More

Phases of Our Capital Campaign

Phases of the campaign

Phase I
Building and site acquisition

Phase II
Acquisition of exhibits and build-out of the museum
Purchase of display cases and exhibits
Acquisition of artifacts
Interior design
Purchase of audio-visual equipment
Opening of museum

Phase III
Completion of museum interior spaces
Establishment of operating and maintenance endowment

For more information on how you can support the Capital Campaign for the Evansville African American Museum, call (812) 423-5188.


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