Museum History

The APEX Museum is the oldest Black History Museum located in the city of Atlanta. It was founded in 1978 by veteran filmmaker Dan Moore Sr., who was inspired by the life of Dr. Benjamin Mays.  Over 65,000 individuals visit the APEX Museum from all 50 states as well as 50 foreign countries.  The museum is open 5 days a week and is located in the historic district of Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia.  The museum maintains a diverse and educating display by routinely changing its exhibits on a quarterly schedule.

The John Wesley Dobbs Building, located at 135 Auburn Avenue, was built in 1910 as the Atlanta School Book Depository or Southern Schoolbook Depository Building. During the 1970s, it served as a tire warehouse. In 1985, it was restored by the ER Mitchell Construction Company and now houses the APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum, devoted to African-American history. In 1987, the building was renamed after John Wesley Dobbs, the civic and political leader often referred to as the unofficial “mayor” of Auburn Avenue.

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