African American Cultural and Genealogical Society has new home


Decatur - The African American Cultural and Genealogical Society has been a part of Decatur for 20 years.


After the museum's lease was not resigned, artifacts had to be hauled to a storage unit, but now history has a new home. The community can come check out artifacts inside a former thrift shop, known as Blessingdale's, in the 200 block of Eldorado Street.


Founder and, Executive Director, Evelyn Hood says the space is needed, and a blessing.  "Thank God for the miracle today that we were at like 1,200 square feet, and today we'll triple that to almost 5,000 square feet. Wonderful. That's exactly what we were looking for."


Now the society is looking for volunteers to revamp the church. An exact date for the grand opening has not been decided. They hope to have the museum ready by the "Juneteenth" celebration.  

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