Pioneers in African American Automotive History at the AACA Museum


Hershey, PA (January 27, 2016) — In salute of Black History Month, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum presents a showcase of 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.

Black History is honored during the month of February and the AACA Museum will facilitate a mini-exhibit, Pioneers in African American Auto History from February 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016. This first annual exhibit begins with the struggles of African-Americans following the end of slavery and their desire to have ideas and inventions recognized as equal. Patrons will learn about the only documented African American car manufacturer, C.R. Patterson, and W.H. Phelps who patented an apparatus for washing oversized vehicles, among other esteemed names. While learning the history, visitors can take the opportunity to assemble their own paper traffic signals, patented by Garrett Morgan, courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Don’t miss this transformational, evolving exhibit that highlights and explores the contributions of African Americans to the transportation industry.

About the AACA Museum
The AACA Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit