Persons interested in the history of Brazos County would do well to visit the Brazos Valley African American Museum (BVAAM) at 500 East Pruitt Street in Bryan. As found on the museum’s website, the “BVAAM chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of African Americans from the past and present, while focusing on the history of local churches, families, and schools. The primary goal of the museum is to portray the struggles and accomplishments of African American history in attempt to build strong cultural foundations in our youth.”
Particularly fascinating is a video presentation – “We grew up in the Brazos Valley” – which features the stories of a number of Brazos Valley residents in their own words, all of whom were 90 years or older when the video was created.
At present there is a special exhibit on “A Tale of Two Sides: African Americans in the Civil War.”
Velma Spivey is the Director of the BVAAM, and if she is available she will be more than happy to spend some time with you and point out and expand on some of the interesting exhibits found in the museum.
To learn more about this wonderful historical resource, visit the following link: http://www.bvaam.org/. Or better yet, visit the museum. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors, and $2.00 for students; children under the age of five are admitted free.