STL Black Museums Showcase the Black Perspective Perspective

Lois D. Conley and Calvin Riley are two pioneers leading the way in sharing the rich history of African Americans in the St. Louis area.

Two hidden gems in the heart of St. Louis can be found along our city blocks. The Griot Museum of Black History and the Vashon Museum are both located on St. Louis Ave. near north Jefferson within blocks of each other.

Many St. Louis residents are not aware that these treasures our in own backyard. Lois D. Conley opened the museum doors in February 1997 and later renamed it The Griot Museum of Black History.

The St. Louis Griot Black Museum is the only second museum of its kind in the United States. This museum showcases life-size wax figures, art, artifacts and memorabilia pertaining to the black history.

The George B. Vashon Museum is another must see. The Vashon Museum has a very interesting location. It once was a funeral parlor which, now holds African American artifacts.

Retired educator Calvin Riley opened George B. Vashon to share the history of the African Americans from this region. The Vashon museum has an astounding collection of must-see artifacts.

For hours of operation and more information call The George B. Vashon Museum at 314-749-6322 or on their website at and The St. Louis Griot Museum of Black History at 314-241-7057 or visit


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