America’s Black Holocaust Museum reopens online
Dr. James Cameron, the inspiration, founder and guiding light of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, was lynched at the age of 16 in Marion, Indiana. Cameron survived and devoted his life to raising Americans’ consciousness and conscience about the atrocity of lynching. The museum was open on 4th Street in Milwaukee from 1988 until 2008, when budgetary constraints forced the museum to close, but by no means did that mean it was gone for good.
Earlier this year, Fran Kaplan, along with James’ son Virgil, led a group to revive the museum online, and the site went live on February 25.
I had the chance to talk with Fran and Virgil about the museum’s new website (abhmuseum.org), Dr. Cameron’s astounding journey, and the struggle for justice that endures to this day.
Listen now:[audio:http://urbanmilwaukeedial.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/TCDPodcastMarkMetcalfAmericasBlackHolocaustMuseum.mp3|titles=Backstage with Mark Metcalf – Fran Kaplan, Virgil Cameron, America’s Black Holocaust Museum]
America’s Black Holocaust Museum now posts daily news stories, such as the Trayvon Martin case, about how the struggle for freedom and equality still continues on the site’s “Breaking News” page, which can be seen here.