African American
Hall of Fame Museum
Preserving the history of our community
Give a Helping Hand to Those who Need It help Support Their Education Education Empowers Lifetime Goals support our education goals


The African American experience is one of the most important threads in the American tapestry.

Bill Frist, an American physician, businessman and politician.

Our Mission

To educate through preserving and promoting art, history and artifacts that highlight African American achievements in our community and beyond. 

Our Impact

For the past 33 years we have been actively preserving the local history of our community and providing educational scholarships for deserving students.

Our History

Peoria’s African American Hall of Fame Museum (AAHFM) was formed in 1987 to educate the community about individuals who have made significant contributions to African American history, culture and society. 

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Hall Of Fame Inductees

Each year we recognize individuals who has made significant contributions to the African American history, culture and society.

The Hall of Fame resides within the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Visit us today and celebrate their contributions to the local African American culture and community.

Invest in our Education


Financial hurdles can be a major barrier for many African American students within our community. 

Your tax-deductible donation will help a qualifies scholar start their journey to receiving a quality education from a 4-year university.


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2021 Bloomington and Peoria

Virtual Scholarship Recipient Celebration

Congratulations to our 33 scholarship recipients!

 We are so proud of how you all have continued to academically excel in your studies during this time. Continue to do well and finish strong as you start your new educational journey. We would also like to give a very special thank you to CAAR and all of our donors who have continued their commitment to give so that we may continue to give scholarships.  

We Need Your Help

Your support would help fund the education of high achieving students who have already been accepted into a 4 year College or University. 

To Go:$54,000
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Education Empowers Lifetime Goals

With your tax-deductible donations you can help empower a child by committing to a monthly or one time donation. Your donation will help empower a child from this community and remove the financials barriers that come along with starting their educational journey.

how we help

Give Education for Children




We help high achieving African American students from within the Peoria Public School District #150, Quest Charter Academy, and Bloomington/Normal Schools who have already been accepted into a 4-year College or University with financial support.

We were founded in 1987 by a small group of civic leaders. Since then we have been able to support over 2,000 with scholarships of $1,000+ to start  their educational journey.


We work with local schools to find the best students to support.  The selected students must already be accepted to a College or University. We then present the scholarship funds directly to their school to help pay for their tuition.

Your donation can help more students go further in their education without having to worry about their finances.


Thank you so much to our sponsors. Your support has helped children within our community take the steps need to start their higher education journey! Sponsors listed below include those who have made a donation of at least $1,000 in the past year.