Name: Finding Our Roots African American Museum Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Date: April 24, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM CDT
THE UNVEILING OF THE “BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS” EXHIBIT
"Greetings! We wish to announce that we are officially re-opening our Finding Our Roots African American Museum (FORAAM), located at 918 Roussell Street, Houma, Louisiana, on Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 10:30a to 3:30p, with FREE ADMISSION to our museum on April 24th, 2021 only! We are proud to announce the unveiling of our newest exhibit “Blood, Sweat and Tears”. This amazing exhibit tells the story of one of the last slave ships, "The Wanderer”, that captured over 400 precious individuals and illegally brought them to American shores. Some of those captured individuals from this illicit voyage were deposited and sold into slavery in the Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary parishes. However, one of the most exciting things to complement our exhibit is that some of the descendants of those slaves will be present at our unveiling.
Our “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” exhibit will also feature soil collections from various plantations in our tri-parish region, along with pictures of the slave owners and documentation of known slaves that once toiled numerous plantations throughout those parishes.
We will also proudly showcase a local author’s book, “Mud, Sweat, and Tears”, by Brenda Young Montgomery. “Mud, Sweat, and Tears” is a compelling story of a slave descendant’s life journey on the Ardoyne Plantation. The family will be present to tell their descendant’s story, and Ms. Montgomery’s book will be available for purchase.
In addition, we will cheerfully welcome a representative from The Office of Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, as well as Words of Inspiration and Rejuvenation by Minister/Christian Comedian Pamela Rainey.
We will be excited to raffle off our beautifully hand-sewn, king‑size, patchwork quilt that several of our wonderful FORAAM members crafted. The raffle winner of this beautiful quilt will be announced at the close of our April 24th event. In the meantime, this beautiful quilt will be on display for all to see at our FORAAM location weeks prior to our April 24th event. Raffle tickets for this beautiful quilt, priced at $5 per ticket, are currently being sold at our museum from 10:30a to 3:30p, Monday through Saturday, and the quilt’s raffle tickets will continue to be sold on the day of our event. Feel free to contact us at 985-242-0407, for more details.
We will have activities for the children, and there will be separate “door-prize” drawings for adult “door-prize” ticketholders touring our museum grounds.
Lastly, we would like to encourage and remind all who plan to attend of our event that we are upholding CDC Guidelines for coronavirus—"staying home if you have been around someone affected with coronavirus”, “wearing masks”, “sanitizing”, and “keep social distancing”.
Schedule of Events:
10 am: Ribbon cutting ceremony
10:30 am- 11 am: The Museum's Re-Opening
11 am-11:30 am: The Unveiling of the Exhibit
11:30 am-12 pm: The Showcasing of the Quilt
12 pm-3:30 pm: Tours and Activities on Museum Grounds