African American Heritage House

           Board of Directors  

Helle Ellison 

Mattie Tinsley

Robert Walker

Ocie Tinsley

Jan Atkins

Kathy Cotton

Urla Hill

Brian Miller



         Advisory Board

Bill Beadling

Queen Ann Cannon

Clarissa Moore




          Founding member  Lula Briggs Galloway


Antique San Jose building becomes home to new African American heritage center.

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, three weeks after Barack Obama  became president of the United States, San Jose brought some color to a house of its own: The African American Heritage House (AAHH). This 145-plus-year-old Italianate farmhouse Zanker House is  now home to the AAHH,    the site of community meetings, art exhibits, workshops, musical and cultural events, festivals, and theatrical presentations A showcase to educate our youth on the heritage of African Americans here in Silicon Valley.


The AAHH was the dream of Lula Briggs Galloway, former CEO of the National Association of Juneteenth Lineage, Inc. and founder of the Juneteenth Creative Cultural Center and Museum in Saginaw, Mich., which commemorated the emancipation of African American slaves.  The AAHH is a memorial to Lula Briggs Galloway, a San Jose native who passed away just before the AAHH was dedicated.

African American Heritage House (408) 2479038

History Park/History San Jose, 1650 Senter Rd.

San Jose (408) 287-2290