Lois D. Conley, founder and executive director of The Griot Museum of Black History (formerly The Blackworld History Wax Museum) has dedicated many years toward researching African-American history, with particular emphasis on the Underground Railroad and Westward Expansion. Conley was a consultant to the National Park Services’ study to document the trails that hundreds of enslaved Blacks used to secure their freedom via the Underground Railroad; lectured in schools,universities and churches; and has conducted tours to Black historic sites.
Conley consulted for the RoyalTropical Museum in Amsterdamfor its exhibition on slavery. She has visited and studied museums in Mexico, Great Britain, Canada, and throughout the United States. Conley was a member of the Neighborhood Leadership Team for St. Louis’ 5th Ward Sustainable Neighborhood Project; has served on grant review panels for the Missouri Arts Council, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and United Way; and was a founding member of the St. Louis Mid-Size Arts Collaborative.
A graduate of St. Louis University, Conley earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications and master’s degree in Education. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis as an E. Desmond Lee Scholar, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
Conley has been honored by numerous organizations including the Missouri Humanities Council, Top Ladies of Distinction, the Harambee Institute, Elijah Lovejoy Society, National Council of Negro Women, the YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis Argus, St. Louis Gateway, Mound City Bar Association, Classic, Greater St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation, J.U.S.T.I.C.E., Grand Center, The Royal Vagabonds. She is a member of the 2006 class of Leadership St. Louis.