Pioneers in African American Auto History Exhibit At The AACA Museum, Inc. February 1 – April 29

In salute of Black History Month, the AACA Museum, Inc. presents a history of the pioneers in the African American community who contributed to the advancement of the automobile industry. These men and women laid the foundation for others to pursue careers in such fields as franchised car dealers, designers, custom car builders, race car drivers, and manufacturers.

This exhibit begins with the struggles of African-Americans following the end of slavery and their desire to have their ideas and inventions recognized as equals. Visitors will learn about the only recorded African-American car manufacturer, C.R. Patterson of Ohio and W.H. Phelps, who patented an apparatus for washing over-sized vehicles, along with other esteemed names. While learning the history, visitors can take the opportunity to assemble their own paper traffic signal patented by Garrett Morgan.


As a part of the exhibit, guests will be able to participate with different activities unique to the display.

The AACA Museum, Inc. will be closed for building maintenance February 20th through March 2nd, 2018. The Museum will re-open on March 3rd at 9 AM.

Our featured exhibits include Getting the Job done: Vehicles That Earned Their Keep which focuses on working vehicles like fire trucks, police cars, limousines and more! We are excited to have both the 1st DeLorean Prototype along with a Production Model. In the Williams-Clyde Gateway Gallery, the National Corvette Restorer’s Society (NCRS) has different generations of Corvettes on exhibit through April 23, 2018.

In our exhibit galleries, guests can cruise through time while enjoying vintage vehicles. In our lower level, we have The Museum of Bus Transportation which houses full-sized antique buses along with our original 1940’s Valentine Diner. Our Special Vehicles include Whitney Houston’s Rolls-Royce Limousine and the Lakeland Bus from the movie “Forest Gump.” Other exhibit items include motorcycles, motor scooters and a collection of more than 100 hood ornaments. In the Cammack Gallery, we showcase the World’s largest display of Tucker automobiles. The Historic Vehicles Association (HVA) has an ongoing display and shares a variety of historically significant vehicles throughout the year. On display, late January through early June is a 1920 Anderson Six Convertible Roadster.