Arna Bontemps African American Museum

Arna Bontemps African American Museum Located in the historic downtown district, the museum gives the history of the life and times of aut
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09/22/2022

The Rapides Parish School District is looking for new members to join our team, including an executive assistant to the school board, custodians, secretaries, and much more.

If you would like to see our full list of employment opportunities, scan the QR code that you see or visit our website at www.rpsb.us.

We would love for you to be part of the better together team.


09/13/2022

The Rapides Parish School System will be taking part in "Celebrate Freedom Week."

After legislation was passed during this year's session, every public school in Louisiana shall observe "Celebrate Freedom Week" in conjunction with Constitution Day and Constitution Week.

This week, our students will be discussing topics of freedom. Topics range from the founding of the United States, the importance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, symbols that represent America's freedom, and much more.

Throughout the week, we will be highlighting the various topics discussed in the classrooms.


09/13/2022

🚂 Choo! Choo! It's been 30 years since Bayou Le Zoo Choo Choo made its golden spike run in May 1992. We know you're missing the train ride, but get ready to ride the rails again soon. A brand NEW ELECTRIC TRAIN will be pulling into the station later this fall! The new train is made possible by Friends of the Alexandria Zoo.

09/13/2022

The City of Alexandria, along with the Rapides Parish School Board, offers a free After School Program for students in grades 1-8. The program will start Sept. 19, 2022, and run until the end of the school year in May of 2023.

The program, which will be offered from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, includes homework help, tutoring, computer access and snacks for participants. Activities will be held at the Youth and Teen Center (former Boys and Girls Club building) at 1801 Sylvester Street, the Broadway Resource Center at 712 Broadway Avenue, Martin Community Center at 2301 Mill Street and the Bolton Avenue Community Center at 315 Bolton Avenue.

While there is no charge for the program registration is required. Go to https://www.cityofalexandriala.com/community-services for more information and to download a registration form.

09/11/2022

A new 12-foot bronze sculpture of Harriet Tubman, created by Wesley Wofford Sculpture Studio, will be permanently installed and dedicated at the Dorchester County Courthouse in Cambridge, Maryland - Stop #3 along the byway, and a former site of slave auctions and a daring escape to freedom engineered by Tubman in the 1800s. The dedication of the 3,000 pound bronze sculpture, "The Beacon of Hope," will happen during the annual Day of Resilience event on Saturday, September 10, 2022. (source: Dorchester Chamber of Commerce)

The sculpture, “Harriet Tubman: Journey to Freedom,” depicts Tubman confidently leading an enslaved girl on the Underground Railroad to freedom. Wofford, the creator of the statue, said, “There is a lot of embedded symbolism within the narrative of the piece. The contours of the base represent the Maryland/Delaware Peninsula, where Harriet was enslaved, eventually escaped, and continued to return for her freedom raids. The dramatic step up/cut is the Pennsylvania state line, and they are stepping out of the slave states to an elevated freedom…”

Use link below to read more about this sculpture and creation.

https://bit.ly/3wI2WYd

08/26/2022
If you're joining us for the Genealogy presentation today at 3pm CST, please feel free to download these Family History ...
08/26/2022

If you're joining us for the Genealogy presentation today at 3pm CST, please feel free to download these Family History tools to help you organize your family tree!

In celebration of Black August, ABAAM is inviting you to attend a genealogy presentation hosted by genealogist Robin Fos...
08/23/2022

In celebration of Black August, ABAAM is inviting you to attend a genealogy presentation hosted by genealogist Robin Foster. Learn the ins and outs of family history research, and discover your Louisiana ancestors!
Join us on Facebook live, Friday August 26th at 3pm cst.

06/20/2022

As official Juneteenth observances have grown across America, so, too, have political moves and rhetoric to restrict the ways schools discuss race.

06/04/2022
“Cheers to the Arts.” The Society, Incorporated is a national organization of women dedicated to enhancing, exposing, an...
05/20/2022

“Cheers to the Arts.” The Society, Incorporated is a national organization of women dedicated to enhancing, exposing, and promoting youth in the arts. Each year the “Cheers To The Arts” showcase features the visual arts, dance, music, drama, and spoken word or poetry.

“Tidewater Chapter of the Society Incorporated would like to thank the Arna Bontemps African American Museum Arts, Music, Craft in Alexandria, LA for being one of their sponsors. We appreciate your generosity and continued support.”

If you would like to be a part of this exciting opportunity celebrating youth in the arts, you can do so by sending your tax deductible contribution to the address below.

We do hope you enjoyed our showcase and look forward to seeing you next year.

Https://cheerstothearts2022.eventbrite.com

Until then,
“Cheers to the Arts!”
Tidewater Chapter of the Society Incorporated

A virtual performance featuring visual arts, instrumental vocal and dramatic performances by student. Sponsored by the Society Incorporated.

The Bentley Rare Book Gallery at Kennesaw State University hosted a Virtual Coffee chat highlighting librarians of the H...
02/27/2022

The Bentley Rare Book Gallery at Kennesaw State University hosted a Virtual Coffee chat highlighting librarians of the Harlem Renaissance. Part one features board member Charles Jolivette discussing the legacy of Arna Bontemps. Enjoy!

This is a recording of the Bentley Rare Book Museum's Virtual Coffee with a Curator program on February 16, 2022. The theme of the program was "Librarians of...

  In 1868, the man who gave Arna Bontemps his first opportunity to publish his poetry was born in Massachusetts. W.E.B D...
02/23/2022

In 1868, the man who gave Arna Bontemps his first opportunity to publish his poetry was born in Massachusetts.
W.E.B Du Bois was a deep intellectual who garnered acclaim for his thought-provoking, revolutionary work as author, magazine publisher, scholar and educator. Du Bois attended colleges in Nashville (Fisk), Cambridge (Harvard) and Berlin. At Harvard, he became the first African American to earn a PhD from the University. He was 27 at the time. His most famous book work, "The Souls of Black Folk", was published a year after Arna was born in Louisiana.

Join us on Wednesday, February 16th, at 10:00am to celebrate black history month!The Bentley Rare Book Gallery at Kennes...
02/10/2022

Join us on Wednesday, February 16th, at 10:00am to celebrate black history month!

The Bentley Rare Book Gallery at Kennesaw State University is hosting a Virtual Coffee chat highlighting librarians of the Harlem Renaissance. We are joining them to discuss the contributions of Arna Bontemps. Email [email protected] for more information. We will also post detailed information closer to the date.

02/07/2022

J. Marion Sims is called “the Father of Gynecology” due to his experiments on enslaved women in Alabama who were often submitted as guinea pigs by their plantation owners who could not use them for sexual pleasure.

He kept seven women as subjects for four years, but left a trail of death and permanently traumatized black women.

Anarcha was one of the women Sims experimented upon. A detailed history of this monster is in Harriet Washington’s book, Medical Apartheid.

Sims believed that Africans were numb to pain and operated on the women without anesthesia or antiseptic. The procedures usually happened this way.

Black female slaves who were guinea pigs would hold one subject down as Sims performed hysterectomies, tubal ligation, and other procedures to examine various female disorders.

Sims also performed a host of operations on other slave populations. The following excerpt details his “practice” on enslaved infants.

Sims began to exercise his freedom to experiment on his captives. He took custody of slave infants and, with a shoemaker’s awl, tried to pry the bones of their skulls into proper alignment.

  in 1901 James Mercer Langston Hughes was born. The Missouri native has often been considered one of the primary faces ...
02/02/2022

in 1901 James Mercer Langston Hughes was born. The Missouri native has often been considered one of the primary faces of the Harlem Renaissance literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s. His awards and honors are numerous, and a few of his collaborators included Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen and Arna Bontemps.

His relationship with Arna was so profound that the two exchanged well over 2,000 letters during their lives. When Langston died in 1967, Arna was named as the executor of the estate.

Sam Cooke was more than a soul singer. The Clarksdale, Mississippi native and Chicago-bred talent was an activist in and...
01/22/2022

Sam Cooke was more than a soul singer. The Clarksdale, Mississippi native and Chicago-bred talent was an activist in and out of the recording studio. In 1962, the famous crooner was turned away from a Shreveport, Louisiana hotel merely because of the color of this skin. His posthumously released "A Change Is Gonna Come" became an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement after his death in 1964. Happy 91st Birthday to Sam Cooke.

"We may have all come on different ships, but we're now in the same boat." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.From 1931 to 193...
01/18/2022

"We may have all come on different ships, but we're now in the same boat." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From 1931 to 1934, Arna Bontemps worked as a professor at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Nearly three decades later, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr delivered a speech at the same school. The flyer for the speech seen here was autographed by Dr. King and his civil rights colleague Ralph David Abernathy.

Arna Bontemps welcomes Oscar Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier to Nashville in 1966.
01/11/2022

Arna Bontemps welcomes Oscar Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier to Nashville in 1966.

  in 1935 Gwendolyn Elmore was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. An educator for nearly three decades, Elmore opened the Ar...
01/10/2022

in 1935 Gwendolyn Elmore was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. An educator for nearly three decades, Elmore opened the Arna Bontemps Museum in 1992 to highlight the contributions of Harlem Renaissance writer Arna Bontemps. Happy Heavenly Birthday Gwendolyn.

Wishing you all a happy, eventful, and successful year in 2022 (and beyond). 2021 was a great year for our museum as we ...
01/01/2022

Wishing you all a happy, eventful, and successful year in 2022 (and beyond). 2021 was a great year for our museum as we were able to introduce virtual programming, collaborate with the Rapides Parish library, meet new community members and advocates for Arna Bontemps and the Museum and further our mission. We are extremely excited about new programming in 2022 with a focus on community, arts and humanities, youth activity, and so much more. We hope you will join us!

The Rapides Parish Library will be hosting "Beaucoup Bontemps" an event honoring the legacy of Mr. Arna Bontemps, on Dec...
11/24/2021

The Rapides Parish Library will be hosting "Beaucoup Bontemps" an event honoring the legacy of Mr. Arna Bontemps, on December 3rd at 6:30pm at the Lagniappe Theatre in Alexandria, Louisiana. Please come out and support this lovely event!

"Step back in time to the Harlem Renaissance with a night of poetry performed by local actor Tyler Price as he portrays Louisiana poet and educator Arna Bontemps.
Indulge in Harlem Renaissance inspired dishes and our signature Harlem Sip mocktail
Dance the night away with New Orleans very own Who Dat Steppers after your free dance instruction.
Be sure to wear your favorite Harlem Rennaissance attire! Contact 318-442-2483 x 1906 for more information.
This event is made possible through a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities."

10/14/2021
On October 13, 1902, a son was born to Paul and Maria Bontemps in Alexandria, LA. Little did they know that their firstb...
10/08/2021

On October 13, 1902, a son was born to Paul and Maria Bontemps in Alexandria, LA. Little did they know that their firstborn, son of this contractor and schoolteacher would become a visionary, a literary composer, a prolific writer who would shape modern African American literature and who would influence African American culture.

Please join us on Facebook live to celebrate the 119th birthday of poet, author, and librarian Arna Bontemps. Featuring poetry by Terry A. O'Neal, Gia Jones, Charles Claudel Garrett I, and UCOAST.

Hosted by Charles Jolivette.

Good afternoon Arna Bontemps community. Unfortunately today's panel discussion on Black August: Stories from Central Lou...
08/21/2021

Good afternoon Arna Bontemps community. Unfortunately today's panel discussion on Black August: Stories from Central Louisiana has been postponed. We will broadcast that virtual session ASAP and apologize for the delay in scheduling.

In the heart of Louisiana lies Central Louisiana, an often overlooked region of the pelican state where the families, bo...
08/13/2021

In the heart of Louisiana lies Central Louisiana, an often overlooked region of the pelican state where the families, bonds, stories, and traditions of African American residents are powerful, valuable and need to be celebrated. Places like Rapides Parish boast rich roots that stretch back to the beginnings of the foundation of Louisiana. Join our August speaker series session, for an in-depth conversation on Saturday August 21, 2pm (Central) as our panelists share family history and cultural practices and we pass a good time Central Louisiana style.

We are truly grateful, honored, and excited to be recipients of the Louisiana Cultural Care Fund Grant (LCCF) for 2021. ...
07/14/2021

We are truly grateful, honored, and excited to be recipients of the Louisiana Cultural Care Fund Grant (LCCF) for 2021. The journey to date has been challenging and a growth in process, but thanks to those who have donated to support us. Their contributions have kept us thriving so we cannot say thank you enough to the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities for their continued support of the Arna Bontemps African American Museum.

Please consider donating to the Arna Bontemps Museum. https://greatnonprofits.org/org/arna-bontemps-foundation-inc

The Arna Bontemps African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center is currently seeking interested persons to serve as B...
07/03/2021

The Arna Bontemps African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center is currently seeking interested persons to serve as Board members. If interested, please send us a short bio along with your contact information. Thank you!

We are excited to share that our very own Vice President Kenetha Harrington believes she has discovered Jacques Paris, t...
05/25/2021

We are excited to share that our very own Vice President Kenetha Harrington believes she has discovered Jacques Paris, the missing husband of the famous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau.

So, whatever happened to voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s husband, Jacques Paris? According to old documents, he was a cabinet maker who married 18-year-old Marie in 1819. He appeared in the

Please join us on April 29th at 7pm c.s.t., for another installment of the Arna Bontemps African American Museum virtual...
04/10/2021

Please join us on April 29th at 7pm c.s.t., for another installment of the Arna Bontemps African American Museum virtual Speaker Series. We will be celebrating poetry month.

02/24/2021

The LEH, authorized by the Governor and State of Louisiana, is seeking nominations for Louisiana’s next Poet Laureate.

02/19/2021

Speaker Series for February.

02/17/2021

Friends! Come be informed and learn about our monumental legacies. Place on your calendar! You will not want to miss this event.

Black History Month....how was it formulated or recognized for its purpose.
02/01/2021

Black History Month....how was it formulated or recognized for its purpose.

February marks Black History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping US history. But how did this celebration come to be — and why does it happen in February?

We salute you Mr Thomas!  Thank you for your service to help our students blossom in exploring their gifts and talents i...
01/26/2021

We salute you Mr Thomas! Thank you for your service to help our students blossom in exploring their gifts and talents in Art. ♥️🎈🎁💯

Congratulations to Rapides Parish Library Board of Control member Morris Taft Thomas, who was recently named a 2021 Louisianian of the Year by Louisiana Life Magazine. A nationally celebrated painter and sculptor, poet and writer, Mr. Thomas also taught in Rapides Parish Schools and at LSU Alexandria. His inspiring art work can be found throughout our city and nation, including at our own Rapides Parish Library, King Branch and the Alexandria Museum of Art. Read his Louisiana Life Magazine profile here: https://www.myneworleans.com/louisianians-of-the-year-9/

Youth Poet Laureate!  Perfect.  Literary Genius
01/20/2021

Youth Poet Laureate! Perfect. Literary Genius

With her strong and poignant words, Amanda Gorman reminds us of the power we each hold in upholding our democracy. Keep shining, Amanda! I can't wait to see what you do next. 💕

Photo Credit: Rob Carr

Friends, 243 years it took to see this day. Think about that!  Celebrate 🎉 Black White Asian Hispanic all over the world...
01/20/2021

Friends, 243 years it took to see this day. Think about that! Celebrate 🎉 Black White Asian Hispanic all over the world 🌍 Thank you Jesus and Joe! Thinking about my grandmother and my mother today.

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Thursday 10am - 4pm
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I am very interested in visiting soon. What are the hours and days of operation? What is the cost of entrance?
The Arna Bontemps African American Museum is a Black owned business in the restored childhood home of Arna Bontemps. Bontemps was considered the leading authority of the Harlem Renaissance, he was a poet, author, anthologist and librarian. The museum opened in 1992 and since then has become a nationally recognized landmark. The museum is only taking viewers by appointment.

https://www.arnabontemps.org/
Good afternoon Arna Bontemps community. Unfortunately today's panel discussion on Black August: Stories from Central Louisiana has been postponed. We will broadcast that virtual session ASAP and apologize for the delay in scheduling.
Located in the historic downtown district, the Arna Bontemps African American Museum gives the history of the life and times of Arna Wendell Bontemps. Bontemps, an Alexandria native, is a noted author/poet, scholar and librarian.

If offers African American Memorabilia, pamphlets, books, and artifacts. A gift shop is also available.

Tours are available by appointment only and admission is free of chard.

Make sure to get your kids signed up for some of these awesome virtual camps from Arna Bontemps African American Museum!!

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the first emergency relief grants from the Louisiana Culture Care Fund to 11 organizations in 9 parishes, including the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Arna Bontemps African American Museum, the The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens of Monroe, The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective, Angola Museum, Main Street Homer, Neighborhood Story Project, River Road Historical Society (Destrehan Plantation), Terrebonne Parish Historical and Cultural Society, The Historic New Orleans Collection, and USS KIDD Veterans Museum.

Initial funding for the Louisiana Culture Care Fund is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act.
The lives in our historical houses and museum in the area and Arna Bontemps African American Museum is certainly one of those special attractions!

Remember them this !



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Today we brought our 1920s flavor to the Arna Bontemps African American Museum Thank you for having us. We definitely enjoyed ourselves
REGISTRATION OPEN! Arna Bontemps 3rd Annual Summer Arts Camp. Dial 704-6462 for a registration packet. June 11-22, 2018. Ages 9-11. Limited spots available.

Let us host your child this summer with an awesome enriching experience!