Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the ribbon cutting for the Buffalo Black Achievers Museum. Located on Jefferson Avenue on the city’s East Side, the museum will provide a permanent home for exhibitions and archival resources designed to enlighten, educate, motivate and inspire visitors with its focus on notable African Americans —both past and present—who built Buffalo and are planning the city’s future. The museum was granted $200,000 as part of Governor Cuomo’s $50 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund, a Buffalo Billion initiative.
“In New York, we know diversity is our greatest strength and we celebrate the significant contributions that members of the African-American community have made in giving our state its multi-cultural, one-of-a-kind identity,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Buffalo Black Achievers Museum will spotlight the imprint of this community on the past and future of Western New York, so residents and tourists alike can fully appreciate it.”
City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, “This new museum will be a terrific teaching tool and inspiration for Buffalo’s youth, as well as tourist draw. It is a wonderful tribute to the many Black Buffalonians whose contributions to our City and our country have been under-recognized. Our City’s Black residents played an instrumental role in building Buffalo and are significantly contributing to our City’s renaissance. Thank you to Herbert Bellamy, Jr. and the Black Achievers for their decades of effort to tell the stories of Buffalo’s Black community. Also, thank you to Governor Cuomo for the Buffalo Billion funds which helped make this inspiring museum possible.”
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “The Buffalo Black Achievers Museum will recognize and honor the contributions that Black Americans have made to our community and our region, teaching visitors about these men and women and also inspiring the next generation. Our history is written by our forebears and Buffalo’s rich but overlooked African-American history is alive with examples of people who made the community a better place through their everyday actions.”