Luster African American Heritage Museum


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About Us

Luster All Pastoral Care And Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) Not for profit Community Based organization. The primary purpose of this organization is exclusively religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or as such other provisions of state or federal law as may from time to time be applicable. The specific purposes are:

T engage in any lawful act or activity for which nonprofit corporations may be organized under the laws of the State of Florida.

To provide individual and group counseling  service;

To provide vocational training;

To provide employability skills training;

To provide job development and placement service;To provide community health education:

To promote and developed affordable housing for low to moderate income, senior, homeless, and handicapped persons.

The purpose of the museum is to use the vehicle of thee museum to educate the public about the important of the African American historical legacy in general, and Central Florida region in particular. By interpreting the heritage of African Americans we seek to empower and enrich our visitors and become a center of greater community engagement. We look forward to collaboration with other historical and cultural organizations in efforts to create a more culturally and intellectually enlightened populace.

Mr. Charles Luster of Bartow, has donated this extensive collection of arts, artifacts, photographs, documents and books that he acquired over a lifetime and which continue to grow. The museum is an extension of the Luster All Pastoral Care and Cultural Center, Inc. and are both located  in historic downtown Bartow at 585 E Summerlin Street.

Who we are:

The African American Heritage Museum, is located just East of downtown Bartow, Florida it is a place where visitors can learn about the rich and diverse experiences of being a person of African American descent in Central Florida and how our Blacks ancestor's lives help shape the history of our great state. The museum seeks to educate people of all races to value countless contributions of Black Americans to the Unites States. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Donation are used for curation of the collection, development of exhibits and to fund various planned educational programs.

What you will see:

  • African Roots: Life in African

  • Slavery and Plantation Life

  • Emancipation & Reconstruction

  • Jim Crow Era & Segregation

  • Civil Rights

  • Closer to Home: Spiritual

  • Education & Industry

  • Community & Family Life

  • Blacks in Military Service

  • Union Academy HS Collection


  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Vocational Training
  • Community health
  • Comunity Development and Redevelopment
  • Cultural Enrichment