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Saturday, November 21, 2020

African American Center finds new Olean home on N. Barry St.

Thanks to the generosity of two prominent Olean-area attorneys, the African-American Center for Cultural Diversity (AACCD) has a permanent home—and it’s located mere steps from Walkable Olean. 

Ed Wagner and Jack Hart donated their former office—a beautiful Victorian home located at 214 North Barry Street, adjacent to the Cattaraugus County Camps of Jamestown Community College—to the Center for its use as a museum and its headquarters.   

“We have followed the development of the Center over the last 10 years, and we were in a position to either sell the home or give it to a worthy organization,”  Wagner said.  “And Jack and I could think of no better use for our former offices than the African-American Center.” 

   Hart agreed. 

“The AACCD will be more than just a cultural and historical center for the community,” he said, “It will also have the potential to have a strong economic impact on Walkable Olean, thanks to the people it will draw, increasing foot traffic,” 

Della Moore, co-founder of the AACCD and its board president, was effusive in her gratitude for the contribution. 

“What can I say about the generosity of Jack and Ed, except that we are eternally grateful to them,” she said.  “We have sought a permanent home for years, and this, truly, is the answer to our prayers. 

“Our mission now is to honor the generosity of Wagner and Hart—and of the community—and build a center that reflects the culture and experience of African-Americans and celebrates the diversity that brings us all together.” 

The AACCD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a decade-long history of vivifying the contributions, culture and history of African-Americans locally, regionally and nationally.

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