2nd Year Anniversary Celebration -Finding Our Roots

February 9, 2019 @ 10:30 am

Finding Our Roots African American Museum 918 Roussell Street Houma, LA 70360

The Press and the Public are invited to participate in our 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration Unveiling historical landmark, Unveiling the memorial bricks project, and reflecting on 400 years of slavery 1619-2019.  Finding Our Roots African American Museum located in the historic district of Houma in the Parish of Terrebonne. We teach and preserve the history of the African Americans of the Bayou Region parishes of Terrebonne, Lafourche, Ascension, St. Mary and beyond. 

Houma, La – Feb 9, 2019, 10:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.  Come and meet Lenis Provo as he portray of his descendant Frank Campbell who was sold to save Georgetown University; Troy Welch who will take the role of Abdul Rahman a prince who was in slave for 40 years by the Fosters of Louisiana and Mississippi; Kazai Brown and friends as the mulatto women of New Orleans; Tracey Thibodaux portraying the role as Jack Conrad, and Wiletta Ferdinand as she takes on the character of Mahaila Washington who died in the Thibodaux Massacre; Katharine Short as Clementine Hunter a self-taught black artist; Leona Tate, and Lynne George who set the tone for desegregation; Jack Pratt the brother of Geronimo Pratt (black panther party), Leo Nocentelli (former Meters) Thaddeus Richard (former Wings) Raymond George, Lionel Ruffin (The Pharaoh’s) and Trini Triggs a black country Musician (video message)

The Finding Our Roots African American Museum is located at 918 Roussell Street, Houma, LA 70360. It is housed in the historic landmark known as The Fifth District High School, by agreement with the Louisiana Southern Baptist Association, Fifth District, led by the Museum’s founders, author, genealogist and historian Margie Scoby and Vice President, former Terrebonne councilman Alvin Tillman.

10:30-11:30 meet and greet on the grounds
11:30-12:00 Unveiling the historic landmark (sign), and Steps
12:00-2:00. Singing and dance to the sounds of the African drums
2:00 - 3:00 Poetry and Spoken Word by Brooks Washington, Song by Nicole Ross
2:00 -4:00 Tours began

Art work by: Earl Theriot, Mary Walker, Christina Brown, and Jessica Keyes.

The Finding Our Roots African American Museum is a non-profit 501(C)3 educational organization. All donations are tax deductible.  This landmark museum is the first exhibition and educational venue dedicated to African American history and culture in Terrebonne Parish.

It aims to educate and to raise awareness of the significance of African American history to an understanding of the overall story of America as experienced in the Bayou Region parishes of Terrebonne, Lafourche, Ascension, St. Mary and beyond.

The Museum’s galleries are centered on such subjects as the reconstruction era, elected officials, slavery, segregation, the civil rights movement and leadership, family and community, educators and clergy, sugar cane workers, doctors and businessmen, inventors, musicians, and writers.

Installations in these focused galleries are combined with vibrant guided tours, educational opportunities for students, and special events and exhibitions to showcase the Museum’s substantial collection and enrich the cultural landscape of the Bayou Region.

Supporters for this event comes from Blaine C. Clay, Office Depot, Budweiser, Morrison Home Center, Vida Paint, and a host of other community members who support the mission of the museum. 

The Finding Our Roots African American Museum is open from Monday through Saturday 10am-3:30pm. For more information on the Museum and events you can contact:   

Margie Scoby 985-855-9202   or Email Address: findingourroot@yahoo.com
Alvin Tillman 985-860-9898   or Email Address:  tillmanalvin@yahoo.com