A Legislative Bill sponsored by former State Representative and Alabama A&M University professor, Dr. George Grayson, established the State Black Archives Research Center and Museum (SBARCM) in 1987.
In 1990, the Council Domestic Science Building was renovated, named in honor of longtime Alabama A&M University administrator James H Wilson Sr., and designated the SBARCM.
The Building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
SBARCM holdings date from the founding of Alabama to the present and include manuscript collections, volumes of books and periodicals, films, photos, and audiovisual material.Since its inception in the Wilson Building on the Alabama A&M University campus, the State Black Archives Research Center and Museum has attracted numerous exhibits from around the nation.
Nonetheless, curators and team members have always ensured that the building remains consistently counted among those key structures that facilitate and show appreciation for African-American art, history, and culture.