The Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco, California

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The Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco, California


The Museum of the African Diaspora (http://www.moadsf.org/) is based in San Francisco, California and is one of the few museums in the world focused exclusively on African Diaspora culture and on presenting the rich cultural heritage of the people of Africa and of African descendant cultures around the world.

Since opening in December 2005, the museum and its neighbors have created a dynamic cultural corridor for the City of San Francisco. As a public-private partnership the museum was developed as part of a partnership led by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. In 1999, the City of San Francisco created a mandate to include an African American cultural presence in the last vacant parcel of Yerba Buena Gardens.

Then San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown appointed a steering committee to determine the mission and scope of a cultural facility within the complex. Cultural management, architectural and design consultants worked with members of the committee to design a world-class facility and develop fresh, vital programming that didn't exist anywhere else. Hence, a museum is born named the African American Cultural Institute that began in 2002. The new museum was renamed Museum of the African Diaspora to reflect a broadened scope and mission, and incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. …

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