The African American Museum, founded in 1976 as part of Philadelphia's celebration of the United States Bicentennial, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of African and African American culture. Major components of the Museum's programming include African history, current events, the African Diaspora which celebrates the lineage and culture shared by people of African ancestry, as well as Philadelphia's legacy-the people and events that have influenced regional culture, American culture, and world culture.
The Museum's permanent collection features over 500,000 objects, images, and documents. The collection ranges from utilitarian and domestic artifacts to fine arts, folk art, memorabilia, furnishings, textiles, photographs, and books. Its subject matter is diverse and includes African culture, American slavery and emancipation, the Civil Rights movement, the arts, entertainment, sports, military, politics, and religion.