The African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota


A non-profit dedicated to sharing the history of Black Minnesotans.



The African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota (AAICM) is dedicated to sharing black Minnesota history through exhibitions and events.
The African American Interpretive Center will be the preeminent space for the community to reflect on the black experience in Minnesota centered on themes of history, identity, culture, the arts, and community building.
We incorporate the history, stories and legacies of black Minnesotans in our exhibits in order to fairly represent the contribution that this community has made to Minnesota society.
We will remain dedicated to offering programs that allow our patrons to gain access to knowledge via traditional and community resources.
To explore and find a sense of self within our wider society.
To complete all work with the highest level of transparency and accountability to our community and the public.


Exhibitions and Events


The Builders: Shaping Minnesota’s Architectural Landscape on the Color Line

When: Aug. 8 - Oct. 27

Where: Mill City Museum

Time: 7 PM

The Builders exhibit showcases the social history of three Black Minnesotans who impacted the architecture and design of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. By exploring the works of Clarence “Cap” W. Wigington, Casiville Bullard, and William Hazel, we're encouraging exhibit visitors to appreciate familiar Twin Cities buildings in a new way while learning about the obstacles that Black professionals faced in 19th and 20th century Minnesota.

*No tickets required.


Mill City Museum
LSE Architects
fiveXfive art consultants
Color Space Art and Imaging

Daniel Bergin, TPT

Learn more about The Builders below.

Suggested Reading


You can help create a place for African American history in MN!

Spread the word about upcoming events! The Center can only grow with support and interest from all Minnesotans interested in the history of black people in MN.

Share your expertise! Are you a museum professional who has wisdom, people or resources to share? Contact us at [email protected] to get in touch.

Donate! Donations will go toward funding future exhibits and events.




Minnesota's Black Past in Photographs
Inaugural Exhibition
April 2017

WWI: The Black Experience
Panel Discussion
June 2017

AAICM's Lindy Hop Fundraiser
Inaugural Fundraiser
October 2017

1967: The Plymouth Ave. Rebellion


February 2018

The Builders


August 2019

*Star Tribune's Top Art Exhibition of 2019


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