Current Announcements

 

Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

 

Monday: Closed

 

Tuesday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

 

Wednesday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

 

Thursday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

 

Friday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

 

Saturday 2:00pm - 4:00pm

 

Museum Hours

Our Mission & History

 

OUR MISSION

To collect and showcase the historical achievements and culture of African Americans  by serving as a resource center for the Greater Clemson Area to engage the local and upstate communities in intellectual discourse about the past. 

 

VISION

To be recognized as Upstate South Carolina’s leading museum and cultural-resource center dedicated to African American history and culture, as well as, a multicultural gathering place for the community, an environment for broader community engagement, education and training and an African American historical resource that is dedicated to promoting artistic and community excellence and providing educational opportunities to all ages.

 

OUR HISTORY

In 2002, the vision for a museum and cultural center to document the accomplishments of African Americans around the Clemson area was shared by local residents. Work began to make this vision a reality, and in August 2007, a diverse group of local residents, along with graduates from the former Calhoun Elementary School and volunteers from Clemson University, joined together to establish the Clemson Area African American Museum.

 

The Calhoun Bridge Center

The Clemson Area African American Museum is located in the Calhoun Bridge Center in Clemson, SC.

 

The realization of the museum was brought one step closer to reality when the City of Clemson, fostered by the vision of Mayor Larry Abernathy, purchased and renovated the facility for community and cultural purposes.

 

The Calhoun Bridge Center was formerly an all-black school that was known as the Calhoun Elementary School.  It was the last school built for African American students in this part of Pickens County.

 

Calhoun Elementary that later served as a kindergarten through second grade facility for Morrison Elementary School. In more recent years the building was called the Morrison Annex. The school played a pivotal role in the African American community of Clemson and served as an educational icon and cultural center for the African American community before integration.

 

By being able to become a resident of the revitalized and reimaged space, CAAAM was able to automatically able to tap into the building’s cultural history.

 

The Museum is located in the Calhoun Bridge Center, which also houses other agencies dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all Clemson residents.  The center, houses the Clemson Child Development Center, the Arts Center of Clemson, as well as, the Clemson Area African American Museum.

In 2014, the CAAAM Board recognized that there was a need for change, as the museum had become stagnant.

 

Change

As a part of the change, CAAAM had to reinvent the museum and present the museum in a different manner, all at the same time of not losing its core values. The changes were designed as a way to present history to a younger generation that would leave all generations with a sense of learning and education with a wanting desire to see the museum grow.  

 

The museum has taken on a larger social media presence with the re-launching of the CAAAM Facebook page, completely revamping the museum’s website, as well as, re-branding the museum’s image and name.  

The museum now has an understanding that change is a good thing and that representing the community means representing more than one segment of the community.

 

The museum is dedicated to becoming a better and stronger member of the community, as we continue to focus on our core values and goals, grow membership, and work closer with our local schools and civic leaders. The museum is centrally located with convenient hours, we ask that you stop by to see us and make a family experience of your visit.

Find the latest news and announcements by visiting the CAAAM Facebook page. 

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The mission of CAAAM is to collect and showcase the historical achievements and culture of African Americans by serving as a resource center for the Greater Clemson Area to engage the local and upstate communities in intellectual discourse about the past.

 

In August 2007, a diverse group of local residents, along with graduates from the former Calhoun Elementary School and volunteers from Clemson University, joined together to establish the Clemson Area African American Museum.

 

The museum is dedicated to becoming a better and stronger member of the community, as we continue to focus on our core values and goals, grow membership, and work closer with our local schools and civic leaders.

Clemson Area African American Museum

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