Current Events, Programs and Exhibits
Other Black History Month events
CBAH Luncheon: February 27, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Hotel Whitcomb
Contact Trevor Hunnicutt to list additional events
The San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society (the "Society") is a membership-based non-profit institution. The Society's mission is to collect, preserve and present art, artifacts and recorded materials that reflect the history and culture of African Americans in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The Society also sponsors and supports research, publications and educational activities related to the history and culture of African Americans.
Founded in 1955, the Society is the oldest institution of its type in the western United States. It is the lineal descendant of African American literary and cultural associations in San Francisco that began with the establishment of the San Francisco Athenaeum and Literary Association in 1853.
The Society was the first systematic collector of archival, published and artifactual resources depicting economic, political, cultural and religious life of San Francisco's African American community and the ways that community has contributed to the broader society. The Society's holdings are a resource for scholars, students, genealogists, curators, filmmakers, authors, publishers and the general public.
The Society tells San Francisco's story from the perspective of its African American community through exhibitions, lectures, symposia, public programs, printed materials and guided tours. The Society also provides consultative services to public and private entities that seek to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the history, culture and contributions of San Francisco's African American community.
The Society's library, archives and gallery are located in San Francisco on the second floor of the African American Art and Culture Complex at 762 Fulton Street. Our facilities are open to the public Thursday through Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. However, donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated.
Download an application to start or renew your membership in the Society.