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Rural African American Museum to host After Hours event

Posted: 7:44 AM, Apr 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-23 08:44:59-04

The Rural African American Museum is focusing on education and is inviting the public to take a closer look at the historic black communities of St. Landry Parish.

An After Hours event is scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 7:00 pm at the museum located on N. Main Street in Opelousas.

KATC’s Abby Breidenbach was joined by museum curator Wilken Jones who shared more on the event and the museum’s focus.

The event will showcase all that the museum has to offer, as well as remind guests that St. Landry Parish is still a vibrant place to live, work, and play.

The museum is working diligently to document the history of blacks in St. Landry Parish from 1860 through the present day. Curated items at the museum tell the stories of faith, education, sports, and everyday life of black communities in the parish.

The goal of the museum is to act as an educational resource for those interested in learning about those who have made St. Landry Parish their home.

The museum was established at its current location in December 2018 and is free to tour.

A GoFundMe account is set up to help Jones and the museum continue its mission to curate historic items and educate the public.