History

About Us

We are part of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, and we participate annually in their One World Day Celebration of Diversity, which is held during the summer at the cultural gardens on Martin Luther King Jr. and East Boulevard.

The specific purpose of this organization shall be to develop and preserve the Association of African American Cultural Gardens. We will promote education and encourage interest in the African American culture and heritage by perpetuating a spirit of friendship among people of all nationalities. We will foster a spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood and world peace.

Executive Officers

  • Carl S. Ewing, President
  • Dr. Eugene Jordan, Vice President
  • Gloria J. Waytes, Secretary
  • Jeannette Kelly-Reed, Treasurer

The African American Cultural Gardens Task Force was assembled by Mayor Frank G. Jackson and chaired by Andrew Jackson. It consisted of prominent members of the business community, civic leaders, and community activists who were dedicated to move forward with fund development, construction efforts, installment and public awareness of the garden. 

Groundbreaking for the project was held in May, 2015 and the Past Pavilion of the Garden was formally dedicated in June 2016.