AACWM History

About the Museum

The African American Civil War Memorial Museum (AACWM) honors the heroic roles of 209,145 US Colored Troops (USCT) who helped end slavery and kept America united under one flag.

More than 200,000 visitors come to the Memorial and Museum each year. Through an eclectic programming schedule, it aims to provide various learning opportunities for students of all ages, teachers, scholars, USCT descendants, churches, and the public.

The Museum’s goal is to offer a high-quality and effective learning experience for its local, national, and international communities to learn about the life of African Americans before and after the American Civil War.

Memorial & Museum History

January 1999

The African American Civil War Memorial Museum opened in January 1999. The museum shares the stories of the USCT through photographs, documents, artifacts, seminars, and presentations to help visitors understand the largely unknown role of soldiers who fought for freedom during the Civil War.

December 2009

The DC City Council endorses funding for the Museum's new home at the Grimke Building in the Shaw community.

April 2011

The African American Civil War Memorial Museum moved to its new permanent location in the U Street District at the historic Grimke Building. The Grimke Building is named after Archibald Grimke (1849-1930). Grimke was born into slavery in Charleston, South Carolina, and became the second African American to graduate from Harvard Law School.

The Grimke family is known as one of the most prominent African American families in Washington, DC, history. They made remarkable contributions to education, civil rights, religion, and the arts.

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