Vietnam Memorial Plaque               

​Original Parker Hall    

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​​MISSION STATEMENT


To preserve Parker Hall a functioning USO for Black Veterans and their Families as certified by Germantown Historical Society.

  • To promote multicultural history of Blacks and Minorities of WWII and their Families.
  • To provide positive role models to offset negative stereotypes.
  • Encourage Creativity and educational skills.
  • To Preserve the Vietnam Memorial Plaque.


HISTORY:

Incorporated in 2000, the ACES Museum  for Black and Minority Veterans of WWII, honoring ALL Veterans, is a 501 c 3 non-profit.  In 2009 ACES was certified  as a VSO, Veterans Service Organization  by the City of Philadelphia because of our work with Veterans.


The name “ACES” is derived from the calling  of Blacks “Spades” of the 1940s. A child's statement: "If you had to be a Spade, I know you were the ACE!"   The culturally diverse ACES Museum of WWII is were the restored Parker Hall, which was a functional United Service Organization (USO) for African-American WWII soldiers and their families, is preserved.


The first program in 2001, honored Manual Lorenzo, the First Hispanic Commandant" of WWII and founding Father of ACES.


 The ACES motto is: Respect the Past and Nurture the Future. ACES Museum provides MORALE building for Veterans and their Families, while giving events and assistance for the community.  Every day is Veterans Day at ACES and they are honored at every tour and program.  


 In 2015 we were awarded the 800 pound Vietnam Memorial Plaque by the Philadelphia Inquirer, to protect and honor it at the historic ACES Museum site . 


PROGRAMS:

Programs include:  PTSD education with workshops, the EEP, Educational Enhancement Program (c) THEM and STEM, a literary, historical and scientific college-prep readiness program, and Reading Rangers,  job development and promotion. EEP had a 85% success in the Philadelphia juvenile jail, and is a participant in the PAL Police Athletic League.

  

ACES co-sponsors a community food bank, most Thursdays, with the Veterans Action Group, and Hankins and Associates LLC.   


ACES seeks to expand it's programming with ACES Museum online.  ACES will have live streaming of our events, and the Virtual Wall of Honor will allow the public to meet the ACES Veterans.


EVENTS:

ACES Museum is housed in Historic Germantown, Philadelphia. The ACES Museum is open to all, with special events including: Valentines Day of Love for Veterans, Holocaust Remembrance Day,  Day of Honor Memorial Day weekend, Patriots Day 911,  Veterans Day  and Toy Give Away Holiday Programs.
 

Currently we seek donations for programming and capital improvement.