About Us

Established in 2002, Heritage Towers Museum and Culture Center (Heritage Towers) was inaugurated and open to the public in June of 2005.  The vision for a museum and culture center emerged from “A Slave Ship” exhibition project executed in Charleston West Virginia at the turn century. The museum and the exhibits are vital components of the rich history and culture of black people from West Virginia, providing enriching educational and cultural enlightenment for all visitors to the museum.

The museum and culture center is a success story inspired by the history of slavery in America. Heritage Towers is a spinoff from the critically acclaimed traveling exhibit, “The wreck of the Henrietta Marie” a Slave Ship salvage found off the coast Florida. Buried under the ocean for 300 years, the Henrietta Marie is the embodiment of the triangular trade and Trans-Atlantic slave route. Hosted in Charleston, West Virginia in the year 2000, it was a memorable, daring and stunning record breaking achievement undertaken by a community based organization, All-Aid International, Inc. with collaboration from the West Virginia State Museum and Culture Center.

In existence for over 10 years, Heritage Towers Museum and Culture Center continues to strive to expand its museum programs and offerings to the community at large. Our facility provides an opportunity for a trans-formative experience to the visitors. Most of all, Heritage Towers presents a unique atmosphere and is the premier Black Culture and African Heritage facility in the state of West Virginia.

Our Team

Charles Minimah

Owner

Coming Soon

Pamela Minimah

Curator

Pamela Minimah is the Curator of Heritage Towers Museum & Culture Center (HTMCC).  She is a businesswoman, community, and political activist, wife, mother, and educator. A graduate of West Virginia State University, she is the Chief Operating Officer at All-Aid Services, Inc., Charleston, West Virginia.  Wearing different hats at different times, Pamela incorporated the arts and education for school age children of which Heritage Kids Club, USA emerged.  The Kids Club members are engaged in educational, interesting and unique projects through arts, music, and drama.

Naturally talented in art dramatization, she is dedicated to promoting diversity education.  Pamela, created and presented her rendition of Grandma Aribe, a true story of a family member sold into slavery.  Her work is instrumental in the collaboration of HTMCC with the National Museum and Monuments of Calabar, Nigeria to explore international exchange programs.  Pamela’s lifelong love of the arts and her dedication to the education of children is the driving force and motivation for her work.

Osagie Ayanru

Communications Consultant

Osagie Ayanru, is a communications consultant with All-Aid International, Inc. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, with a masters degree in Journalism and International Relations.  Ayanru played a key role in organizing All-Aids International’s highly acclaimed and successful exhibition, “A Slave Ship Speaks, The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie,” at the West Virginia Cultural Center, Charleston, West Virginia in 2000. The exhibition featured artifacts from the Henrietta Marie, which is the only wrecked slave ship of the infamous Trans-Atlantic slave trade that is identified by name.

He has worked as a Research Analyst with the West Virginia Legislature and he is also, a contributing writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail Newspaper.