Change Is In the House
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 www.historysanjose.org