Established in 2001, the Washington, D.C.-based African American Experience Fund (AAEF) is the only national fundraising organization of the congressionally chartered, National Park Foundation that supports and preserves African American history found in our national parks. The 25 national parks and the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom supported by AAEF are just a few of the special places in the National Park System that tell the stories of African Americans throughout the history of our country. Download the AAEF Fact Sheet for more information.
The mission of the African American Experience Fund is to preserve African American history by supporting programs in national parks that celebrate and preserve African American history. By raising awareness of African American history in the national parks, AAEF seeks to ensure that our whole national story is passed on faithfully, completely and accurately.
We invite people from all walks of life to experience our national parks. They are an excellent supplement to the classroom experience and offer exciting and innovative ways to gain meaningful hands-on experience in a wide range of subject matters.