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HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL ASSN.

HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL ASSN.

The HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL ASSN., an African American history center, traces its origins back to the 1960s, when Hanif Wahab began collecting African American artifacts and documents. These items were stored in his home until 1987, when some were displayed on the second floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. branch of the Cleveland Public Library. On 19 May 1990 the museum moved into a permanent home at 9250 Miles Park Ave. In 1994 the museum's holdings included approx. 8,000 items of historical significance to African Americans, including photographs, prints, letters, books, sheet music, and antique household items. Wahab, who had a degree in history from Wilberforce Univ., was director of the museum.