The Cleveland African American Museum
Icabod Flewellen (1916-2001). Photo: East Cleveland Public Library
The Cleveland African American Museum was originally founded in 1953 by Icabod Flewellen. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Backstory and Context
The museum has played a significant role in increasing cultural awareness and education about black history. It has been a much sought out venue for community events because of its collection of artifacts that show the African diasporic experience.
In 2005, the museum closed, but it reopened in 2009 part-time, thanks to the effort of a group of community volunteers. As of 2018, however, it is unclear how active the museum still is.
Ison, Angela. "Museum Founded by Flewellen Remains Closed and Ignored." The Cleveland Stater. February 11, 2011. http://www.csuohio.edu/class/com/clevelandstater/Archives/Vol%2012/Issue%209/Copy/120914.html.