We want you to contribute to our museum and become a part of its historical prominence, and this is why we offer several ways to let you engage with us to help maintain and develop the museum. Whether you are a student, a history buff, or simply an involved citizen who cares about the local history of Fayette Street, we have a way for you to engage with us. Become a member today!
The Fayette Area Historical Initiative's museum has a variety of year-round exhibitions and displays available for people of all ages to learn and appreciate local African American history.Gallery
Our memberships provide wonderful benefits and supports our goal to preserve and conserve our local history.Ways to support
Our gift shop contains a variety of items that are relevant to the local and nation-wide African American experience, and proceeds go directly to support the continued operation of our historical museum.Online Gift Shop
The FAHI Museum and Cultural Center
In 2011, the Fayette Street building which formerly housed Imperial Savings and Loan, was purchased by the Fayette Area Historical Initiative. Our group has renovated the building for our African American Museum and Cultural Center.
In the news
- 12 Sep
Harvest Foundation Awards FAHI $254K GrantRead more
Building a sustainable organization to collect and preserve the history of Martinsville’s Fayette Street area and Black history throughout the community is essential for one
- 09 Aug
Juneteenth on Fayette StreetRead more
Today usually is a day filled with music, food, laughter, fun and togetherness. But this year in Martinsville and the surrounding area, things will look
- 28 Sep
FAHI holds annual galaRead more
The Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI) held its fourth-annual “Evening of Elegance” on Friday night at the New College Institute on Baldwin Block in Martinsville.
- 06 Mar
New display at FAHIRead more
Naomi Hodge-Muse and Renwick Morrison are two of the artists who have work on display at FAHI. Hodge-Muse’s paintings are behind her on the wall
- 21 Dec
FAHI moves museum into Fayette St. buildingRead more
The Fayette Area Historical Initiative soon will have a new home for its African American Museum and Cultural Center, and funds still are being raised
- 13 Oct
Paradise Inn sign to be displayed at FAHIRead more
The Paradise Inn sign came down Tuesday, but it is not gone forever. In fact, the building that once was an entertainment and nightlife center
What our visitors saying about their experience
Making our rounds through the city today, we received a tour of the FAHI Museum from one of my favorites, Mrs. Joyce Staples, she is just amazing. Stop by and take a peep at the new exhibits and our rich history.Hasan Davis
We enjoyed the exhibit at FAHI for the Martinsville 7. We learned so much and it was nice seeing family who shared a lot about this.Charisse Hairston
Martinsville folks, make time to visit this well preserved display of significant history.
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