Mission Statement

The Harrison Museum of African American Cultures, Inc. (HMAAC) is a cultural and educational institution committed to advocating, showcasing,
preserving and celebrating the art and history of African Americans for Roanoke Valley citizens and visitors. Our purpose is to cultivate awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of people of African descent.

Memorabilia, photographs, and objects relating to the African-American experience in the Roanoke Valley form an extensive portion of the Harrison Museum Permanent Collection. Oral stories and recollections as told by elders highlight the culture and significance of the valley’s black communities. These oral histories enhance the materials found in the museum’s archives. In addition, African and contemporary art are an integral part of the permanent collection. The annual Henry Street Heritage Festival is sponsored by Harrison Museum in the month of September to recognize and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of people of African descent.

Vision Statement

Harrison Museum will be a vibrant force in creating community collaborations to capture the rich history and continue the legacy of African culture.

Our Core Beliefs

The Harrison Museum of African American Culture will:

  • Ensure that an inclusive history of the Roanoke Valley is told.
  • Promote and embrace cultural diversity in the Roanoke Valley.
  • Inspire our youth by informing them about the accomplishments and contributions of the African American community.
  • Foster a research venue that collects and preserves historical and future art and documents significant to African and African American culture.
  • Collaborate with community organizations to provide a rich arts venue in the Roanoke Valley.