The untold history of San Antonio’s African American descendants is rich and intricately tied to the stories of Spaniards, Mexicans, Germans and Canary Island populations who helped build this great city.
The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) is working in a grassroots effort to uncover the legacy that reaches back to the early days of the Spanish colonists and Texas Republic. SAAACAM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to collect, maintain, disseminate, and interpret authentic African American artifacts related to San Antonio history in a community-based digital archive.
SAAACAM is reclaiming San Antonio’s Black history by empowering individuals to curate their own archives and cultivate a community-driven museum of digitized, audiovisual exhibits. Collective legacies of pioneering families will serve as the basis of the evolving collection. Information is compiled and interpreted in the context of the entire City of San Antonio and throughout Bexar County. The development of the archive is ongoing. SAAACAM is a proactive steward of cultural and physical preservation of historic African American resources.
Did you know books with African American characters were premium products. How? The children books in the Museum Shop in SAAACAM @ La Villita sold out in less than 30 days.
The free little lending library provides an opportunity to provide books seven days a week. The library will delight children and adults alike.
Click here if you would like to make a donation to the Little Lending Library.
by San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM)
Our Mission is to collect, preserve and share the cultural heritage of African Americans in the San Antonio region.
Our Vision is to be the leading model for community archives and museums in the world.
We are open 7 days a week! Come visit us today!
Join SAAACAM as a volunteer!
A volunteer auxiliary committee, whose members generously give their time and resources to help preserve our cultural history.
Volunteers are an integral part of SAAACAM, a dynamic non-profit organization whose mission is to collect and preserve the shared history of African Americans in the San Antonio region. Working with SAAACAM to serve the local community and preserve our cultural history is a unique opportunity. We hope you will find your association a matter of both pride and satisfaction that will be mutually productive and enjoyable to all parties involved.
Click here to complete the SAAACAM Volunteer Application.