Brazos Valley African American Museum

Brazos Valley African American Museum www.bvaam.org
Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Friday 10:00pm - 5:00 pm; Saturday 10am - 4:00pm; Closed Sunday and Monday

In the biting and, at times, violent political rhetoric of today is Douglass' speech, "What to the slave is the Fourth o...
07/04/2019
'What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?' Frederick Douglass, Revisited

In the biting and, at times, violent political rhetoric of today is Douglass' speech, "What to the slave is the Fourth of July" given on July 5th still relevant? "This Fourth [of] July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters to the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today."

Douglass delivered these words to abolitionists in the wake of the Compromise of 1850, a package of legislation that, among other things, amended the Fugitive Slave Act. From Douglass' point of view, the Compromise — which obliged citizens, including residents of the Northeast, to return fugitive slaves to their owners — equaled a nationalization of slavery. He hoped to inspire others to rise up in political resistance.

Two readings, 165 years apart, addressed to a nation at a precarious political moment. Why Frederick Douglass' famous 1852 anti-slavery speech is still read — and still resonates — in 2017.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
07/02/2019

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Today marks the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and celebrates the long legacy of freedom fighters in American history.⁣ ⁣

The passage of the act helped to provide federal job opportunities for African Americans, strengthened voting laws, lessened racial restrictions on the use of public facilities, and limited the federal funding of discriminatory aid programs. #APeoplesJourney

Be careful if in the area today. Prayers for the victims family.
07/01/2019
Bryan Police Investigating Dead Man in Roadway

Be careful if in the area today. Prayers for the victims family.

News release from BPD: On July 1, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. Officers responded to the 500 block of N. Texas Ave. for a deceased person in the roadway. Officers arrived and found a male in the northbound lane of Texas Ave with obvious signs of trauma. It is believed that the male was struck by a vehicle bu...

06/25/2019
How to watch the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate

The museum will be hosting a Democratic presidential debate watch-party both Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27, 7-9p. The Debates begin at 8p. Bring your snacks and enjoy good company. No cost only donations accepted. Hope to see you tomorrow night.

DNC debate candidates for June 26
Cory Booker
Bill de Blasio
Julián Castro
John Delaney
Tulsi Gabbard
Jay Inslee
Amy Klobuchar
Beto O'Rourke
Tim Ryan
Elizabeth Warren

DNC debate candidates for June 27
Joe Biden
Michael Bennet
Pete Buttigieg
Kirsten Gillibrand
Kamala Harris
John Hickenlooper
Bernie Sanders
Eric Swalwell
Marianne Williamson
Andrew Yang

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/democratic-debates-2019-schedule-candidates-start-time-watch-online-stream-tv-channel-first-dnc-debate-2020/

The first DNC debates for the 2020 election season are Wednesday and Thursday

What a wonderful day to tour! Please contact us, if you would like to schedule a tour!
06/21/2019

What a wonderful day to tour! Please contact us, if you would like to schedule a tour!

Welcome to the club Pennsylvania!
06/20/2019
Pennsylvania governor makes Juneteenth a state holiday

Welcome to the club Pennsylvania!

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on Wednesday declared Juneteenth a state holiday."Proud to designate June 19 as #Juneteeth National Freedom Day to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States," Wolf tweeted.

“We never knew it was called Juneteenth,” Harrington, 45, said of the holiday commemorating the emancipation of Texa...
06/20/2019
Why This Mexican Village Celebrates Juneteenth

“We never knew it was called Juneteenth,” Harrington, 45, said of the holiday commemorating the emancipation of Texas slaves in 1865. In Nacimiento, where Harrington was born and raised until she was seven and where she has returned nearly every summer since, the June 19 festival and reunion is known as el Día de los Negros, the Day of the Blacks.

Freedom lay just across the Rio Grande. Maria Esther Hammack, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, estimates that as many as 10,000 slaves followed a clandestine Southern Underground Railroad to Mexico. Most of them fled from Texas, but she’s found evidence of slaves escaping to Mexico from as far away as North Carolina.

Although few black people remain in northern Mexico, the region was once home to thousands who escaped slavery in the United States. Mexico outlawed slavery in 1829, an underlying factor in Texas’s declaration of independence seven years later. In 1836, there were an estimated 5,000 slaves in Texas, a number that ballooned by 1860 to 182,500—more than 30 percent of the state’s population.

Descendants of slaves who escaped across the southern border observe Texas’s emancipation holiday with their own unique traditions.

If you're traveling this summer to Richmond, Virginia, this new exhibit titled "Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Bl...
06/20/2019
New exhibit traces 4 centuries of black history in Virginia

If you're traveling this summer to Richmond, Virginia, this new exhibit titled "Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality" looks like a must-see.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The artifacts in a new exhibit tracing four centuries of black history in Virginia range from the painful to the poignant: leg shackles and chains used

His testimony before Congress is a must read. Coates argues that African-Americans were exploited by nearly every Americ...
06/20/2019
Here’s What Ta-Nehisi Coates Told Congress About Reparations

His testimony before Congress is a must read. Coates argues that African-Americans were exploited by nearly every American institution, before and after slavery ended. The question now remains will H.R. 40, Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, ever become a law?

The writer argued that African-Americans were exploited by nearly every American institution, before and after slavery ended.

Very engaging author, B.W. Van Alstyne, and beautiful community turnout for our Juneteenth celebration! The Sweet Advent...
06/20/2019

Very engaging author, B.W. Van Alstyne, and beautiful community turnout for our Juneteenth celebration! The Sweet Adventures of Henry P. Twist

06/19/2019

Juneteenth Family Celebration

06/19/2019

Let's talk about the economics of it all!

The conversation needs to take place!
06/19/2019
It's Juneteenth: Let's talk about reparations for slavery

The conversation needs to take place!

Congressman Steve Cohen writes that passing a bill to explore reparations proposals for descendants of slavery -- with a hearing on the historic Juneteenth -- will be a crucial step toward creating an economy that works for and supports all Americans.

Today is the day Texas celebrates the freedom of African Americans who were held in bondage as slaves two and a half yea...
06/19/2019

Today is the day Texas celebrates the freedom of African Americans who were held in bondage as slaves two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth has come to symbolize for many African-Americans what the fourth of July symbolizes for all Americans -- freedom. Use this day to honor those African-Americans ancestors who survived the inhumane institution of bondage. Take advantage of the opportunities and liberties that those before them did not have. Let this day be a reminder to Americans of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery as well as the pride in the marvelous legacy of resistance and perseverance our ancestors left us.

The Juneteenth Flag is a symbol that brings all Americans together to recognize African-American history and freedom.

Join us today at 5pm for our Free Family Juneteenth Celebration featuring author B.W. Van Alstyne of "The Sweet Adventures of Henry P. Twist."

Brazos Valley African American Museum
06/18/2019

Brazos Valley African American Museum

We've been nominated! Vote Brazos Valley African American Museum for Best of the Brazos Valley Museum and Tourist Attraction. Celebrate our first-time nomination by sharing this post and voting at https://brazoslife.com/best-of-the-brazos-valley-voting/#// Voting ends July 5th.

06/18/2019

We've gotten a tremendous response for our Family Juneteenth Celebration featuring B.W. Van Alstyne. You may want to come early to make sure you have a seat. 🎊🎉

What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States....
06/17/2019

What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Be sure to wave on Saturday as we ride in the Juneteenth parade with our friends at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural ...
06/14/2019

Be sure to wave on Saturday as we ride in the Juneteenth parade with our friends at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.

Happy Juneteenth! Come celebrate with us tomorrow at the Juneteenth Parade in Bryan! The Brazos Valley African American Museum and our Museum staff will be smiling in a beautiful light blue 1967 Chevelle Super Sport vintage car owned and driven by Chip Manning. Thanks, Chip! 😊💙

A wonderful display of recognition for those trailblazing black women at NASA.
06/14/2019
Congressional Black Caucus

A wonderful display of recognition for those trailblazing black women at NASA.

"The new name honors the work of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, the so-called "human computers" who did the complex calculations that made space travel possible.

"In the 1950s, before computers were widely used and trusted, human mathematicians were called "computers." And NASA's "computer pool" relied heavily on the extraordinarily complex, handwritten calculations of its black women employees."

A celebration is in order. Celebrate freedom this Juneteenth and attend our fantasy/folklore event with author Van Alsty...
06/13/2019
Brazos County boasts number of events to celebrate Juneteenth

A celebration is in order. Celebrate freedom this Juneteenth and attend our fantasy/folklore event with author Van Alstyne on Wednesday, June 19th, 5pm. It's free family fun!

As the Texas-based annual celebration of the announcement of the end of slavery in the United States approaches, the Brazos Valley will host a number of parades and other events

A piece of history, the E.A. Kemp home on the 600 block of W. 17th street, is set to be demolished. Mr. Kemp was a princ...
06/12/2019
Historic Bryan home scheduled to be demolished

A piece of history, the E.A. Kemp home on the 600 block of W. 17th street, is set to be demolished. Mr. Kemp was a principal of the Bryan School for Coloreds in the 1920s.

A historic home in Bryan is set to be demolished. It sits on the 600 block of W. 17th Street.

Brazos Valley Juneteenth Celebration
06/12/2019

Brazos Valley Juneteenth Celebration

Meeting tonight for registration and review of rules and regulations! James Studio 59
@7 o'clock

If you're in Houston on Juneteenth, this sounds fun. If you're in B/CS join us for our BVAAM Juneteenth family event @ 5...
06/11/2019

If you're in Houston on Juneteenth, this sounds fun. If you're in B/CS join us for our BVAAM Juneteenth family event @ 5pm.

Join us on Juneteenth as we celebrate Freedom during Museum After Dark. Special Guest Host Lydia Evans of Shark Tank will be in the building. Come dressed in your African Attire to participate in our best dressed contest. Drink specials all night, tour the museum, network with other professionals and much more. See you next Wednesday

Celebrating Black Music Month.
06/10/2019

Celebrating Black Music Month.

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton (1926-1984) was an influential figure in the early days of rock and roll. A multi-instrumentalist with a robust, blues-inflected vocal delivery, Thornton was signed to Peacock Records and in 1953 she released “Hound Dog to enormous success.

"Hound Dog" was Thornton's only hit record, selling over 500,000 copies, spending 14 weeks in the R&B charts, including seven weeks at number one. The song would go on to be recorded more than 250 times, including the most-known version by Elvis Presley, recorded in 1956.

Typically dressed in work shirts and slacks, Thornton eschewed the norms of gender and race. Her strong personality and sexually charged “subversive” lyrics presented a new vision of what a black woman performer could be. #SmithsonianMusic #HiddenHerstory

06/08/2019
On this day in history, we remember D-Day.
06/06/2019

On this day in history, we remember D-Day.

Today we honor the men and women who fought in WWII. June 6 is the 75th anniversary of the notorious D-Day which was June 6 1944.

The Black experience in the war was much different than others. The Black soldiers had to fight for the right to die for their country. Once they were in the armed forces, they had to do jobs no one wanted and were treated the same way they would if they were on the streets. In July of 1944 in Northern California after D-Day 320 Black Naval officers and civilian workers were killed due to an explosion of ammunition; The Port Chicago Disaster. This event lead to the only case of mutiny in U.S. Navy history when 50 black sailors refused to load ammunition after what happened in Northern California. This case was observed by Thurgood Marshall and later helped influence desegregation.

There used to be a prevailing myth that no black men participated in D-Day — by far one of the most important days of ...
06/06/2019
Forgotten warriors: Recognizing the black soldiers of D-Day

There used to be a prevailing myth that no black men participated in D-Day — by far one of the most important days of World War II.

But a closer look reveals that some African-American soldiers played a key role on Omaha Beach, and their stories still remain largely untold.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There used to be a prevailing myth that no black men participated in D-Day — by far one of the most important days of World War II.

Happy Black Music Month!
06/05/2019
Celebrating Black Music Month

Happy Black Music Month!

The National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates Black Music Month.

Get there early. Good food for a great cause.
06/05/2019

Get there early. Good food for a great cause.

Farmer and president of the National Black Farmers Association speaks about our complicated historical relationship with...
05/29/2019
Farmer John Boyd Jr. Wants African-Americans To Reconnect With Farming

Farmer and president of the National Black Farmers Association speaks about our complicated historical relationship with farming.

The president of the National Black Farmers Association says African-Americans have a negative association with farming — and he wants that to change.

Union Cemetery, Charleston, which amid lush gardens, ponds, a gazebo and fountain sits a bronze plaque acknowledging the...
05/27/2019
Memorial Day was founded by Blacks | Gary/Chicago Crusader

Union Cemetery, Charleston, which amid lush gardens, ponds, a gazebo and fountain sits a bronze plaque acknowledging the park as the site of the first Memorial Day where thousands decorated the graves of Black soldiers who were re-buried there after Confederate soldiers interred them in a mass grave in 1865.
The soldiers’ families held a parade and decorated the graves on May 1, 1865. Back then, it was an event that was known as “Decoration Day.” Today, the holiday is known as Memorial Day, after Congress passed a law in 1968. The move made Memorial Day an official federal holiday that went into effect in 1971.

By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The date was May 1, 1865. One year after Arlington National Cemetery was founded in Virginia, another cemetery 532 miles south was becoming part of history. Located in Charleston, SC, it was the final resting place of over 200 soldiers of color who died during ...

Fort Bend ISD decided earlier this year to negotiate with the county and canceled plans to build on the portion of the c...
05/22/2019
Texas Senate action boosts plan to memorialize Fort Bend County remains

Fort Bend ISD decided earlier this year to negotiate with the county and canceled plans to build on the portion of the construction site where the human remains were discovered at the James Reese Career and Technical Center in 2018.

The Texas Senate has brought Fort Bend County a step closer to owning and operating a cemetery on the site where 95 African-American remains believed to be those of prison laborers were discovered last year.

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