CNN's Roland Martin was the event's keynote speaker, and he received the key to the city from City Councilman Dan Adams.
"He spoke about the education aspect of African American history," said Museum Executive Director Lu Porter. "That's so important for the younger teenagers to know. We need to know where we've been to get to where we want to be, so we're very excited to hear his story tonight."
Organizers also honored the museum's founder, Sandra Matthew. If you'd like to check out the museum, officials say they'll be offering free tours for the next week.