About Us

From Collector to Chief Curator

Curator, Calvin Riley, Jr. is a retired educator and lecturer of Black memorabilia and purchased the mansion located at 2223 St. Louis Ave. to safe keep and exhibit the collection of historical artifacts. 

Mr. Riley is a retired educator who has collected black memorabilia for over 40 years. 

The museum is named in reverence to the late George B. Vashon (1824-1878), abolitionist and legal scholar.

The Vashon name is a historic name and has a number of family members that have made a significant impact on African-American history.


This is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization fully supported by in-kind donations. We appreciate your support.

All photos of artifacts are copywritten do not duplicate without written consent.