Through compelling core exhibits, dynamic touring shows, educational and entertaining public programs, our mission is: “to create a community of lifelong learners who explore, experience and embrace the region’s rich and enduring African-American heritage.”
The Griot is….
the first cultural institution in St. Louis that is solely dedicated to revealing the broad scope of Black History and culture. Only the second of its kind in the country, The Griot Museum of Black History opened as The Black World History Wax Museum in February 1997. In 2009, we hit upon what seems to be the perfect name “The Griot (pronounced “GREE-OH”) Museum of Black History (“The Griot”). Our new name more accurately reflects what we do — collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories, culture, and history of Black people – particularly highlighting their regional connection to American history.