An excellent resource regarding the history of Brazos County is the Brazos Valley African American Museum. The Brazos Valley African American Museum, operated by the African American National Heritage Society, is located at 500 East Pruitt Street in Bryan, Texas. The museum is open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturdays, and from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sundays. For additional information, call 775-3961.
Found in last week’s Bryan-College Station Eagle was an article about a new exhibit at the Brazos Valley African American Museum dealing with the path to politics African Americans took locally and across Texas. According to the article, the exhibit – “Ain’t It Good to Always be the Beginning: The Power of Politics” – will showcase the stories of a number of African Americans elected to office across Texas.
To read the Eagle article, go to: http://www.theeagle.com/local/A-history-of-BV-politics--6868183.
This new exhibit, part of which is on loan from the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture, will run from January 7 to April 22, 2012.
11th Annual Appreciation Banquet
In addition to this new exhibit, the Museum will hold its 11th Annual Appreciation Banquet on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the College Station Hilton, commencing at 6:30 PM. This event honors and publicly recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Brazos Valley African American Museum and to the community. The theme of this year’s banquet is “Call to Action: Preserving our History, Schools, and Community.” Ronnie Jackson, the Youth Services Manager for the City of Bryan, will be the featured speaker.
Individual tickets for this event are $50. To sponsor a table of ten, the cost is $500. To reserve a table or purchase individuals tickets, contact Willie Pruitt at the museum or call him at 822-0469.