Dear Friends of HMAAC,
Roanoke Valley Gives is a fantastic opportunity to support the Harrison Museum of African American Culture. Gifts from individuals are a vital source of operating support for the Museum.
Your donation will assist us greatly as we fundraise for our Oral History Project, our Educational Development Project and provide much needed resources to fund and maintain the Museum’s ongoing exhibits, programs and special events for our community.
Our Oral History Project is memorabilia, photographs, and objects relating to the African-American experience in the Roanoke Valley form an extensive portion of the Harrison Museum Permanent Collection. Oral stories and recollections as told by elders highlight the culture and significance of the valley’s black communities. These oral histories enhance the materials found in the museum’s archives.
For our Educational Development Project, we are developing research material for an Exhibit that presents the importance of education for the descendants of slaves after the end of the Civil War up to Brown vs the Board of Education. The research should include the perspective, thoughts, and comments from members of families, and individuals from this region, state, and country. The research should include where and how education was conducted during the period when individuals were attempting to learn how to read and write. The research should illustrate how parents and relatives would push and encourage the younger members of their family to obtain an education.
We need your support to make it happen!