About the St. Louis African American History & Genealogy Society


St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society (SLAAHGS) was founded in 2007.  The organization meets at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, usually on the third (3rd) Saturday of each month.

Our monthly meetings continues to attract a strong representation of a cross section of the local community; diverse ethnically, educationally, by age and by gender.

Members of SLAAHGS conduct workshops and give lectures at events for a wide variety of organizations locally and nationally.  Members of SLAAHGS have worked with education, private, civic, local and national historical and genealogical organizations.

Our Motto

“Cultivating our roots by collecting, documenting and perserving our African American heritage.”.

Our Purpose

  • To encourage African American involvement in the study and preservation of family history
  • To emphasize the value and importance of family genealogy and history research to future generations
  • To educate the community through outreach seminars and workshops to acknowledge the rich cultural heritage of African Americans
  • To develop, recognize, transcribe and publish data on African American history

Our Team Members

Meet our officers.

James Vincent


James A. Vincent, Sr., President and co-founder of the St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society.  He is a native of…

Valerie Jenkins

Vice President

I am Valerie Jenkins and I have been the Vice-President of the SLAAHGS since 2017. I am researching surnames Gibbs and Tate…

Janet Katzenberger

Vice President

Janet Henley Katzenberger is Program Coordinator for the St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society. She is a native of St….

Valerie Jones


Valerie was recently appointed to the position of Secretary on the Board of the St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society. …

Lenwaski Campbell


My name is Lenwaski “Len” Campbell. I am the treasurer for SLAAHGS. I have been doing family research since 1999. My research…

Linda Simms

Genealogy Committee

Linda M. Simms is a native of Missouri residing in St. Louis.  She has been researching her family for over 25 years…

Bridget F Stegall

Technology Committee

Researching the history of Bridget’s family has been a passion.  She began the research after a family reunion some 19 years ago. …

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