Preserving African American History
The untold history of San Antonio’s African American descendants is rich and intricately tied to the stories of Spaniards, Mexicans, Germans and Canary Island populations who helped build this great city. The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) is working in a grassroots effort to uncover the legacy that reaches back to the early days of the Spanish colonists and Texas Republic. SAAACAM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to collect, maintain, disseminate, and interpret authentic African American artifacts related to San Antonio history in a community-based digital archive. SAAACAM is reclaiming San Antonio’s Black history by empowering individuals to curate their own archives and cultivate a community-driven museum of digitized, audiovisual exhibits. Collective legacies of pioneering families will serve as the basis of the evolving collection. Information is compiled and interpreted in the context of the entire City of San Antonio and throughout Bexar County. The development of the archive is ongoing. SAAACAM is a proactive steward of cultural and physical preservation of historic African American resources.
To collect, preserve and share the cultural heritage of African Americans in the San Antonio region.
To arrive at a place where there is collective acknowledgement of the history, worth and value of African American contributions.
- Ongoing Community Programming
- Digital Exhibits Creation
- Exhibits at the San Antonio Airport
- UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Negro League Baseball Museum and San Antonio Missions Baseball Partnership to honor the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Baseball League
- Coalition to Save the Woolworth Building in partnership with The Conservation Society of San Antonio
- Cultural consultant on the San Pedro Park construction (St. James AME Church discovery)
- Roots Work: Reconnecting and reuniting people of all backgrounds to their African American heritage
- Groundbreaking and robust student engagement and classes with TAMUSA, UIW and Trinity University
- Digital Archive partnership with Texas A&M-SA University’s Library System
- Black History Riverwalk Tours
- African American History Requirement in the Texas Public School curriculum