Since its founding in York City in 1931 to meet the social and educational needs of African Americans who would not be served elsewhere, Crispus Attucks York has expanded its wholistic programs to help all people learn, work and thrive.
As part of its strategic plan, the organization has made it a goal to explore new initiatives to meet the needs of the community. One of these initiatives involves the development of an African American History and Culture Center.
In the past several years, events and peoples’ responses across the nation have demonstrated a desire and need to more fully and accurately understand the experiences and perspectives of minority groups. Through the construction of an African American History and Culture Center, Crispus Attucks York plans to provide a safe and engaging space for future generations to learn and understand the history of where they live, as well as a space to encourage ongoing dialogue in the community.
The center will also explore, document and showcase the African American impact on York City, as well as African Americans’ important contributions to the country’s history.
“We have a long history with the city of York, both good and bad,” said Crispus Attucks York’s CEO Robert Simpson. “This history can no longer be in people’s shoeboxes or basements or hidden somewhere. It has to be kept and it has to be told.”
While this project is still in its planning stages, Crispus Attucks York has partnered with Dani Beam Consulting to complete a feasibility study, Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects to develop a design and RKL LLP to develop a business plan with input from community members.
Crispus Attucks has also secured funding through the Commonwealth of PA’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for construction and is in the process of preparing its application to the Capital Campaign Advisory Group to embark on a campaign to raise additional funds.