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Pioneers in African American Automotive History at the AACA Museum

Hershey, PA - In salute of Black History Month, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum presents a history of the pioneers in the African American community who contributed to the advancement of the automobile industry. These men and women laid the foundation for others to pursue careers in such fields as franchised car dealers, designers, custom car builders, race car drivers and manufacturers.

Black History Month

Black History is honored one month of the year; the AACA Museum will facilitate a mini-exhibit that extends from February 1-28, 2017, Pioneers in African American Auto History.

This exhibit begins with the struggles of African-Americans following the end of slavery and their desire to have their ideas and inventions recognized as equals. Visitors will learn about the only recorded African-American car manufacturer, C.R. Patterson of Ohio and W.H. Phelps, who patented an apparatus for washing over-sized vehicles, along with other esteemed names. While learning the history, visitors can take the opportunity to assemble their own paper traffic signal patented by Garrett Morgan-courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Black history exhibit

There are three activities available for guests as part of this exhibit:

  • Make your own t-shaped traffic signal
  • Exhibit based crossword puzzle BHE
  • Share what you've learned draw-a-pic or write a story 

Don't miss this engaging exhibit that highlights and explores the contributions of African-Americans to the transportation industry.

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About the AACA Museum 


The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s - 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The AACA Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit

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