The African American Heritage Society (AAHS) is a 501 (C ) (3) organization located in Pensacola Florida. The AAHS was founded in 1990 to preserve and promote, African American heritage and culture in Northwest Florida and throughout the state. The Society has been funded, in part, by grants from the State of Florida, Department of State, the Bureau of Historic Preservation, the Pensacola Bay Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, The City of Pensacola, corporate sponsors, memberships and gifts. In addition, the AAHS has collaborated on many projects with the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College.

For over 20 years the AAHS has brought an array of artists, scholars and historians to Pensacola to celebrate African American heritage. Through quality programming, the AAHS has offered retrospective exhibits in the visual arts and humanities, performing arts programs, films and educational lectures, all highlighting a broad spectrum of the African Americans' unique and creative contributions to American life.

For the first ten years, the African American Heritage Society was an arts presentation organization collaborating with main line arts organizations such as the Pensacola Museum of Art and the Pensacola Symphony. For the last several years, the AAHS programs have focused on cultural heritage tourism highlighting the rich diversity of the African American experience. Notable accomplishments have been the publication of a 5-volume book series titled "When Black Folks Was Colored", "Images In Black" (Volumes I and II) and the Pensacola African American Heritage Trail travel brochure and guide. In addition, the AAHS is also producing the African American Heritage Travel Television Series, which will consist of 13 half hour episodes showcasing destinations along various Black Heritage Trails. A one hour television pilot, a 2 minute trailer and a 13 minute highlights video has already been produced. A teacher/ student viewer guide for classroom instruction will serve as a companion piece for the African American Heritage Travel Series.
A recent accomplishment is the AAHS “Readers Ensemble” CD project. A two disc audio CD of stories collected from the book series “When Black Folks Was Colored” performed by the writers and recorded live in front of a studio audience. The AAHS ‘Readers Ensemble” performs at a variety of venues throughout Escambia County and surrounding areas.















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