If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you have a reason
for joining the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society.
We've added a genealogy section that features a blog written by Sharon Morgan who
has been researching her African American genealogy for over 30 years. Follow her
blog as she guides you through the sometimes very challenging steps of researching
your family's genealogy.
Read the feature article on the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society
in the Summer 2012 issue
of Historical Society of Michigan's Chronicle Magazine
Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society
The mission of the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society is to nurture
respect, appreciation, and study of the African American heritage and contributions
to Southwest Michigan history. This new mission statement encompasses the concept
of racial equity and our commitment to continue work we began as a part of the
RACE Exhibit Initiative of Southwest Michigan.
Everyone in southwest Michigan values the heritage and history of African
Americans in our region.
Statement of Purpose
We serve and empower residents of southwest Michigan to appreciate
the heritage and history of African Americans in our region as a meaningful
part of their contemporary lives.
- We aspire to be the premiere resource that illuminates and connects
the past, present, and future of African Americans in southwest Michigan.
- We recognize the opportunities that our varied audiences present
and the challenges we have to communicate the stories of African
American heritage in ways that engage and have meaning for each
learning style, each age group, and each personal history.
- We realize the need to communicate the stories of the African
American people from pioneer settlers to present-day residents as they
are related to each other and even to history as yet unmade.
- We understand that the material in the Society's archives have
intrinsic value beyond their connections to our ancestors.
- We accept our responsibility to current and future generations to
curate those archival objects we accept, and to accept only those objects
we can curate appropriately.