African American Cultural Center to Open February 24

The City of Camden will open the African American Cultural Center of Camden on February 24, 2018. This new attraction will be located in the two-room, turn-of-the century house relocated in 2007 to its current location at 517 York Street.

The new African American Cultural Center will operate under the auspices of the Camden Archives & Museum system, and exhibits and programming will be curated and operated by the City’s archives and museum staff.

Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford says the new museum will open as part of a Camden-wide Black History Month initiative.

“On February 24th, we will open the doors to the African American Cultural Center of Camden – a long envisioned dream is coming true,” said Drakeford. “The mission of this new attraction is to highlight and foster the appreciation of the rich history of the African American community of Camden and surrounding area.”

“We are very excited to tell the outstanding Larry Doby story with a rare collection of memorabilia to inaugurate the cultural center."

Katherine Richardson, Director of the Camden Archives & Museum, says the opening of the African American Cultural Center will feature an exhibit on Camden’s native son and baseball Hall of Famer Lawrence (Larry) Eugene Doby.

The African American Cultural Center of Camden will be open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grand opening ceremonies will be announced at a later date.