Mission: The purpose of the Pinellas County African American History Museum is to preserve and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans of the past and present through exhibits, educational programs, and research materials that document the African American social and cultural experience.
Vision: The Pinellas County African American History Museum strives to become an outstanding county-wide resource for African and African-American historical and cultural information.
The Pinellas County African American History Museum at The Curtis serves as a repository of historical and cultural information and physical artifacts primarily relating to African Americans in Pinellas County, Florida.
Located in a building that once served as a school for African American children, Curtis Elementary School, and named after renowned educator S.W. Curtis, the museum is located in Clearwater, Florida.
The Black history museum was the brainchild of Sandra Rooks and Randy Lightfoot, two Pinellas County educators. Incorporated in April 2000, the two thought of the idea when they were teaching a summer class in African American history at a local high school.
Throughout the year, the museum houses a permanent exhibit, “The Triumphs and Tribulations of African Americans in Pinellas County, Florida.”
The museum also hosts several traveling exhibits throughout the year, including “Living Legends and Lives of African Americans in Entertainment (1850-1970).”
Artifacts Collections include The Midwife Della Jackson Birth Records, as well as various historical photos, historical school yearbooks, historical church and funeral programs, and antique furnishings, art, and publications.