The mission of the Museum of Afro-American History is to preserve, conserve, and interpret the contributions of people of African descent and those who have found common cause with them in the struggle for liberty, dignity, and justice for all Americans. Therefore, we:
· Collect and exhibit artifacts of distinction in this field and acquire and maintain physical structures and sites through the end of the 19th century;
· Educate the public about the importance of the Afro American historical legacy in general, and its Bostonian and New England heritage in particular;
· Celebrate the enduring vitality of African American culture; and
· Advance on our own and in collaboration with others an appreciation of the lessons of the past for the benefit of the custodians of the future.