The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery will open Sept. 8, in Thor Companies’ new headquarters, 1256 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis.

The museum will tell the stories of African-Americans in Minnesota through creative exhibitions, unique programming and events. The inaugural exhibit features African-American pioneers who settled in the state, and women who made their mark on Minnesota and the nation. It also highlights the impact of the “Great Migration” on Minnesota and pays tribute to African-Americans who served in World War I and other wars.

Compelling visuals and informative exhibits will provide visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of Minnesota’s African-American population. The museum will also host a children’s literacy and reading circle on Saturday mornings. The museum is founded by Coventry Cowens and Tina Burnside.

“African-Americans have a long and rich history in Minnesota that needs to be told and shared with everyone. African-American history is American history,” said Cowens and Burnside is a statement.

The museum will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information visit

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