Your donation will assist us greatly as we fundraise for our 30th Anniversary Fundraiser of the Henry Street Heritage Festival, Oral History Project, 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.
The Henry Street Heritage Festival (HSHF) is held at the newly renovated Elmwood Park in downtown Roanoke. The HSHF continues to attract an average of 3,000 or more people from the Blue Ridge Region, the East Coast and beyond. Proceeds provide the primary resources to support the ongoing programs and operations of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture. The HSHF is a great community event presenting an array of diverse entertainment, educational forums, and exposure to African American heritage as expressed through the performing arts, crafts, cuisines, customs, and merchandise.
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.
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