About US

2024 Board of Directors

Aaron Pearl-Cropp, President
Carolyn Farrar, Past-President
Dr. Sheila Caldwell, Vice President
Brady Odom, Recording Secretary
Dawn DeFraties, Treasurer

Lazell Logan
Robert Davis
Tom Hutchinson
Dr. Ann Joseph

Gail Simpson
James Lewis, Board Member Emeritus

AAHM Staff

Executive Director, Nalo Mitchell

The Board of Directors of the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum (AAHM) is pleased to announce that Nalo Mitchell has accepted the position of Executive Director of the museum as of April 1, 2023. The position was created with funds from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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Executive Assistant, Angel Ware

The AAHM Board of Directors and Executive Director Nalo Mitchell are excited to welcome our new Executive Assistant Angel Ware.

Angel is an intelligent, talented and dynamic professional She is also an artist and we look forward to featuring some of her artwork in the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum.

Congratulations Angel!

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Museum Liaison, Tara Ryan - Walker

We are excited to welcome our Museum Liaison Tara Ryan-Walker! Tara is a talented, creative and intelligent individual who graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in French

Tara is an amazing team-player who works in a spirit of excellence. The Board of Directors and Director Mitchell are excited to have her here at The Springfield And Central Illinois African American History Museum