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German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™

The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ opened in March, 2010 in a building once known as Hockemeyer Hall. Renovations were completed by the GAHF after acquiring the building in 2008. Located on 6th Street NW in the heart of the old European-American section of Washington, the Museum sits in what is now a thriving commercial neighborhood.

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Homestory Deutschland

This renowned exhibit, created by the Initiative of Black People in Germany, which has traveled the world, is now available for a limited time at the GAHM in Washington, D.C., courtesy of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Discover the fascinating and often forgotten world of Black women and men in past and present-day Germany.

The earliest biography is that of Anton Wilhelm Amo, who was the first African to study and complete a PhD at a European university and who came to Germany in the early 1700s as a present for the Duke of Wolfenbuettel. He wrote his doctoral thesis about the legal position of Blacks in Europe, and became one of the contributors to the early German Enlightenment movement.

Also featured are 19th century Afro-German teacher and housekeeper Henriette Alexander, Martin Dibobe, a native of Cameroon, then a German colony, who came to Berlin in 1896, and eventually became a local celebrity and train conductor. His trail is lost after his return to Africa in 1922.

The remaining biographies feature a diverse mix of remarkable individuals — artists, medical doctors, journalists, theologians and others — from the early decades of the 20th century, including Afro-German Wehrmacht soldier Hans Hauck who credited his survival to his military service, to our current times.

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