SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – You might be surprised to find that Springfield had a role in the abolitionist movement and the underground railroad. We took the African-American Heritage Trail around Springfield and Tina Taylor took us around town.
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About The Pan African Historical Museum USA:
Since 1995 the founders of the Pan African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA) have been bringing African and African-American culture and history alive for area students as well as the general public in their museum spaces at Tower Square.
Featuring a well rounded collection of contemporary and historical artwork and artifacts. PAHMUSA is where African culture and African-American history converge to paint a full picture of Black History, with a special focus on Western Massachusetts.
Taking the visitor back in time in Africa, PAHMUSA’s newest exhibit is entitled: The Golden Age of the Magnificent Empires: Ghana, Mali, Songhay. Visitors are encouraged to take a journey back to the Middle Ages and learn how the Sudanic empires developed wealth from the trade of gold and salt, and how those empires enjoyed a time of prosperity, adventure and splendor.
Visitors can also enjoy learning more about African-American history as it took place right here in Springfield, through the African American Heritage Trail Tour. This tour begins at PAHMUSA, and then takes the visitor on a walking excursion of downtown Springfield making stops at secret hiding places once used for safe passage through the Underground Railroad as well as other fascinating points of interest.
PAHMUSA has acquired most of it’s museum artifacts through donations from African museums, purchases made in Senegal, loans from contributors and donations. PAHMUSA is located is located just down the hall from the Tower Square management office on the mezzanine level. If you are interested in scheduling a tour, you can contact PAHMUSA at (413) 733-4823.