African-American history matters. We commit to recording and sharing the heritage and culture of African-Americans in the southwestern United States.

Recording our past isn’t all we do. We also believe in improving our future. Thus, we aim to offer educational resources to young black people.


Gilbert Hice
Founder Gilbert Hice

Gilbert Hice had the idea for the African American Western Heritage Center (AAWHC) in 1998 while he was ending his teaching career in Houston, Texas. Gilbert wished to return home. He planned to help and do anything that he could to assist the downtrodden east side. The once vibrant predominantly black side of San Antonio has been neglected for decades by the city government and the local school boards. Growth has stagnated since the 1950s.

The AAWHC began on the east side of San Antonio with a mission to record the culture of African Americans in the southwestern United States. This includes California, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Kansas, Nebraska, and Utah. We do this while providing assistance and educational services to black youth on the east side.

The AAWHC was incorporated in 2005 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in the state of Texas. Later, it received tax exemption status from the Internal Revenue Service in 2015.

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About Future Expansion

Soon, we aim to support more communities across the southwestern United States.

  1. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  2. Los Angeles, California
  3. Phoenix, Arizona
  4. Topeka, Kansas
  5. Dallas, Texas
  6. Denver, Colorado
  7. Houston, Texas
  8. Omaha, Nebraska
  9. Las Vegas, Nevada
  10. Alberquerque, New Mexico
  11. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS ARE : Waco, Tx.; Austin, Tx.; Fort Worth, Tx; Brazoria, Tx.; Lamgston, Ok.; Lawton, Ok.; and San Francisco, Ca.
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