Idaho Black History Museum
508 Julia Davis Drive
Boise, Ada County, Idaho, 83702
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The Idaho Black History Museum is a museum of African American history and culture in Boise, Idaho. It is the oldest African American museum in the Pacific Northwest.
St. Paul Baptist Church was constructed in 1921 Warm Springs and E. Broadway Avenues. It was the first African American church in Idaho, and for almost all its history was the largest Black congregation in Idaho.
Having outgrown the building, the congregation resolved in 1994 to sell it to the city for use as a Black history museum. The congregation worshipped in the structure until 1995.
Cherie Buckner-Webb established a foundation in 1996 to take ownership of the church building, but this required moving it from the land on which it sat. The group raised $120,000 to move the structure and establish a museum in it once it reached its new location.
The building was relocated in 1998.
The museum dates its founding to 1995, making it the oldest African American history museum in the Pacific Northwest, but did not open its doors until 1999.
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