Calvin Riley

Chief Curator

  • To build community relationships by teaching with a collection of artifacts, objects, and historical documents for exhibiting, interpreting and review of early St. Louis residents and people across the United States who were labeled, "Negro or Colored"
  • To teach social justice where people of all races can research life during Slavery and Jim Crow ways of life.
  • Promote world peace.

From Collector to Chief Curator

Curator, Calvin Riley, Jr. is a retired educator and lecturer of Black Memorabilia. He currently has over 4000 items in the collection and purchased the mansion located at 2223 St. Louis Ave. to safe keep and exhibit the collection of historical artifacts. The museum is named in reverence to the late George B. Vashon (1824-1878), abolitionist and legal scholar.

Our Mission