The Black Archive’s museum holdings have brought
the center much fame. The majority of Carnegie Library is used as museum
exhibition areas. These exhibit areas consist of informative displays
on various people, groups, and subjects important to African American
history and culture. The exhibits span the time period of ancient Africa
to the present. Some exhibits are permanent, while other and temporary
and rotating exhibiting exhibitions. The center also schedules special
traveling exhibits that are pertinent to African Americans in the nation
and the State of Florida.
Special Exhibit Rooms
The Steele – Alexander Memorial Upper Room:
This room is a small, quiet retreat commemorating the history, influence,
and contributions of the African American church in Florida and throughout
America. The area features museum memorabilia from historical African
American churches located in Florida and surrounding areas. Archival collections
pertaining to African American religion are also housed in this location.
The room is named in honor of Rev. Charles K. Steele, a former pastor
of Bethel Baptist Church and the leader of the Tallahassee Bus Boycott,
and his protégé Rev. Herbert Alexander.
Joe Lang Kershaw FAMUana Room:
Memorabilia displayed in this room depict almost a century of educational
and social life at Florida A&M University. Historical regalia from
the school early history, as well as artifacts belonging to outstanding
and famous administrators, faculty, staff, students, and organizations
are featured. The room is also used for small groups gathered for special
lectures, presentations, and social events. The room is named in honor
of the Late Joe Lang Kershaw, a FAMU graduate and the first African American
since Reconstruction to serve in the Florida Legislature. During his term
in office, Kershaw sponsored a bill that led to the creation of the Black
Archives Research Center and Museum.
Special Museum Exhibits