Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS)
Established in 1977, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS)is a national organization dedicated to promoting scholarly research, study, and publication or history and genealogy of Americans, with a particular interest in persons of African descent. Headquartered in Washington, DC, AAHGS chartered its first chapter in Columbia, Maryland in 1989. Each year since AAHGS chapters has been chartered in various parts of the United States and the world. AAHGS is affiliated with the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
In the fall of 2002, the late Marquita Elaine Walker Anderson and Karim T. Aldridge Rand spearheaded the campaign to reform the then defunct Houston Chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS).
The official kickoff was launched on November 9, 2002, at the formal reception of the Willie Lee Gay Collection in the Robert James Terry Library at Texas Southern University.
By April 7, 2003, the AAHGS National Chapter recognized the reformed chapter, then incarnated as AAHGS H-Town Chapter. The chapter was later rededicated as the Willie Lee Gay – H-Town Chapter during our February 2004 Black History Month Program.