America's Black Holocaust Museum
Backstory and Context
Cameron decided to establish the museum after visiting the Yad VaShem memorial in Jerusalem, which commemorates all those who perished during the Holocaust in Europe during World War II. Cameron learned of the similarities in experiences between Jews and African Americans and was struck how the Jewish community honored their history and culture. He wanted to do the same for African Americans, to educate them and all Americans about slavery and its impact on the country.
The museum's initial location was a storefront. The museum's popularity grew, allowing Cameron to purchase the permanent space that no longer exists. It attracted visitors from around the country as well as around the world. The passing of Cameron and the economic recession forced the museum to close its doors in 2008. Fortunately, however, thanks to its dedicated staff the museum was revived online in 2012 when the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation was established.