About The African American Museum and Cultural Center
African American retirees to Flagler County brought with them cultural, historical, educational, social, and organizational awareness. In the late 1980s, several groups of those individuals were operating youth or cultural programs in the black community. They joined together and Incorporated in 1991 as the African American Cultural Society, Inc. (AACS), a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization.
AACS owns and operates the African American Museum and Cultural Center of Florida located in Flagler County, bridging the communities of Palm Coast and Bunnell. For thirty years we have provided exhibitions, programming and services to families and youth in the community, and the local school system, including opportunities for volunteerism and student internships.
We are a dynamic, historic, and present-day resource. From the Robert and Erma Brooks Resource Center, which opened in September 2018, to our designation as a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street "host site" in 2021, we continue to enhance our offerings to the public.
AACS is committed to providing people of underserved and marginalized groups access to our exhibitions, programs, workshops, and events. AACS is a collaborative participant in the community and influences arts and cultural decisions through its membership in the Association of African American Museums (AAAM), the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN), the Flagler County History Preservation Society (FHPS), and the Flagler County Cultural Council.
The Founders Gallery serves multiple functions, as an exhibition space, meeting and event center, auditorium, and rental center. The curatorial and education staff researches, collects, interprets, teaches and displays the history, art, and culture of people of African descent, with an emphasis on Florida and contributions to American history overall. In addition, the African study group provides opportunities to study and discuss topics regarding people of African origin on the African continent, as well as people living outside of the continent irrespective of their citizenship and nationality.