The African American Museum of Bucks County, (AAMBC), founded in 2014, honors the legacy of the African American experience, inspiring pride in heritage, educating the public about the diverse journey of African Americans, and sharing stories that depict our shared ancestry, thus enriching the lives of Bucks County families.
Its mission is to educate and honor the legacy of the African American experience from African roots to the present day.
The museum’s current exhibit, “Building on the Dream: From Africa and Bucks County” is on display at the Pearl S. Buck International House, 520 Dublin Road in Perkasie, through December.
It showcases amazing stories of courage, perseverance, mutual support and accomplishment.
To reach a greater audience, the AAMBC is seeking to take this exhibit and other programs to museums, libraries, schools, senior centers and corporations throughout our area.
To accomplish this goal, the museum will require a van to house and transport the artifacts and supplies necessary to create these traveling exhibits and presentations.
Please visit the AAMBC website at www.infoaambc.org to find out how you can help achieve this goal.
There you will also find ways to support them, including becoming a member, donor or volunteer.
Their ultimate goal is to build a physical home for the museum here in Bucks County.
You may also mail your donation, made payable to AAMBC, to 215 East Richardson Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047 (all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law).
AAMBC President Linda Salley shared, “It is more important today than ever that we learn to appreciate and understand each other so we can get along with one another. At the African American Museum of Bucks County, our goal is to inspire pride in the history and heritage of the diverse cultures of Bucks County and beyond. We seek to educate families and youth, sharing stories of inspiration to help enrich the lives of all who participate in educational, cultural, and community programs. We strive to share history in a way that allows people to embrace different interpretations of cultures.”
According to Pat Mervine, President of the Langhorne Arts Council, “I had the pleasure of visiting the African American Museum of Bucks County exhibit at Pearl S. Buck International and was so impressed with the depth of information and beautiful way in which it was presented. I also attended four inspiring and thought-provoking presentations sponsored by this group at the Bucks County Visitors Center earlier this year. The African American community has a rich history in Bucks County, but this history is not widely known, is not taught in schools, and could soon be forgotten, if not for the efforts of AAMBC. I commend both Pearl S. Buck International and the Bucks County Visitors Center for providing a temporary home for AAMBC, but hope a permanent museum can be established that can be woven into the curricula of Bucks County schools and become a lasting tribute to enslaved and freed Africans who have been a part of our history since the late 1600s.”