What is the The Association of African American Cultural Gardens (AAACG)?

The AAACG is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to build and maintain the African American Cultural Garden. AAACG is a member of the Cleveland Federation of Cultural Gardens and joins more than 30 ethnic gardens along MLK, Jr. Blvd.

Where is the location of the African American Cultural Gardens?

The Gardens site is located on the west side of Martin Luther King Drive; between Martin Luther King Drive and Wheelock Ave. at the St. Clair street exit.

What is the purpose of the AAACG?

The purpose of the AAACG is twofold:
1) to develop and preserve the African American Cultural Gardens, and
2) to promote and encourage education and interest in African American culture by perpetuating a spirit of friendship and unity among people of all diverse cultures.

Who can become a member of the AAACG?

Anyone can become a member of the AAACG! Click on our membership page and see the membership levels.


How do I join?

Join online by clicking on our MEMBERSHIP page. You can also call 216-509-6427 or download our application and mail it to AAACG, P.O. Box 20237, Cleveland, Ohio 44120.

How often does the Association meet?

The Association meets quarterly, 3rd Monday of the month, at 5:30 p.m. at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Library located at 1962 Stokes Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

How do I donate to the permanent construction of the Garden?

You can donate through the AAACG website or be sending  your donation to AAACG, P. O. Box 20237, Cleveland, Ohio 44120.  Your donation is tax deductible.

What does the Association's Sankofa bird logo represent?

Our logo represents the vision for the AAACG. The Sankofa bird is flying forward while looking backwards at his past. The egg symbolizes the future. By reaching back and gathering the best that our past has to teach us, we can achieve our full potential as we move forward.

Interpretation of the Three Stages/ Sections of the Gardens Pavilions:

Past Pavilion:
Translates the experience of the initial aspects of the slave trade through the reinterpretation of the dungeons, corridors and the "Doorway of No Return".

Present Pavilion:
Evokes the sense of growth as the black granite rises from the site, echoing our emergence as a people in this country despite the myriad of challenges we have faced.

Future Pavilion:
Addresses the need for reflection and hope through the reintroduction of a fountain and small reflecting pool. Which also pays homage to the fountain in the Past Pavilion and its symbolism.

What is the difference between the AACG and the AAACG?

The Task Force was appointed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and chaired by Andrew Jackson, to raise funds for the permanent construction of the African American Cultural Garden.