Museum Needs Friends

$6,710 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 46 months
"This is too valuable a resource for our community and the people of this state.  Consider this--if 2,000 people across the state would send just $50.00 that would compute to $100,000.00.  Let's get busy people-- we have so much work to do!!
Beverly McKenna,
New Orleans Tribune, Publisher

Museum Needs Friends for 21st Year Anniversary
The River Road African American Museum (RRAAM) is looking for New Friends to help us raise $100,000.00.  We are asking you to join our True Friends as we celebrate twenty-one years preserving Louisiana’s history and culture.

Who are we?
The River Road African American Museum (RRAAM) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1994. This mission is to educate the public about the history and culture of African Americans in rural south Louisiana. The exhibits include art, artifacts and buildings over 150 years old.  We are a community-based museum with educational programs that provide innovative approaches to teaching history. If you believe in our mission, make a contribution now.

In the Spirit of Benevolence
Featured in one of the exhibits are documents, artifacts and photographs from three benevolent associations; the General Grand Independent Order of Brothers and Sisters of Love and Charity, the Do Right Benevolent Society and the True Friends Benevolent Association. These organizations were among the first to provide insurance for African Americans after the Civil War.   The members were dedicated to helping each other and promoting self- help in the African American community.  The amounts were small in the 1920’s,     but the ledgers show that they raised as much as $96,000.00 in 1926.  If they could do it then, we can do it now.

Our goal is to inspire all of Our Friends to come together in support of the River Road African American Museum.  If you want these valuable cultural treasures preserved and shared with the public, make a donation.

Why do we need your help?
Museums across the country are having difficult times maintaining their operations. We are no different. We can continue to teach and reach thousands because each year, the museum welcomes thousands of visitors from across the United States and international guests from Canada, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

Our past programs include outreach to neighborhood children, interactive conversations with the elderly and exciting engagements with the developmentally challenged. Your contribution will help the museum with its general operations as we restructure and design new strategies for our future.

There are limited resources for cultural programming and educational programs outside the classroom.  The community depends on the River Road African American Museum’s programs to provide cultural awareness to underserved youth.  Help us continue outreach to youth.  We need your support to keep this history alive.

"Until we each know our neighbor's history, we know                                                                                   only half of our own."
                                                                     Ernest J. Gaines, Author

After twenty one years, the RRAAM is one of the preeminent African American museums in the United States; one of the top three institutions in the nation interpreting the history of slavery; and the only institution preserving the rural history of African Americans in south Louisiana. The Museum is poised to catapult into national and international recognition thanks to recently established social media networks and proposed online virtual exhibits.

Thank you for helping us, reach our goal!
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The River Road African American Museum before the renovation. #tbt #museumtruefriends
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River Road African American Museum Film Preview &
Discussion with Descendants of Booker T. Washington & Julius Rosenwald
The Rosenwald Schools

Dr. Thomas Durant, retired LSU professor, will lead the conversation about the lasting social impact of the Rosenwald Schools and their relevance in enhancing our schools and communities today. 

This is your personal invitation for the preview of Aviva Kempner's documentary film entitled, The Rosenwald Schools . The documentary chronicles the story of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of German-Jewish immigrants and President of Sears, Roebuck & Co. and his relationship with Booker T. Washington, one of America's most famous black educators during the 19th and 20th centuries. In  partnership with the community, these men collaborated to build over 5,300 schools in 15 southern states between 1912 and 1934. For many African Americans, this was the first real chance at a formal education. 
It is a moving and compelling story of success.
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" I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery #museumtruefriends
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“Cast down your bucket where you are... Cast it down, making friends in every manly way of the people of all races, by whom you are surrounded.” Booker T. Washington, Atlanta Compromise Speech
Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta
1895 #museumtruefriends

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Raised by 63 people in 46 months
Created April 20, 2015
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Rachel Cockrill
27 months ago

I haven't had the honor of visiting yet, but have heard how critically important and inspirational your museum is. History = Power! I can't wait to come soon.

Lisa Tencer
27 months ago

Thank you for this amazing museum!!

36 months ago
Carolette Norwood
43 months ago

This donation is made in honor of Dr. Durant -- a great mentor, professor, advisor, and an all around terrifically inspiring person. Thanks Dr. Du !!

43 months ago
Dave Cash
44 months ago

The River Road African-American Museum is a treasure trove of amazing artifacts. And Ms. Kathe is a wealth of knowledge. Her efforts and the efforts of those who have worked with her are a testament to the resilience and legacy of Africans and African Americans in the river parishes of Southeast Louisiana. Please do everything you can to support this museum and if you're in Donaldsonville, please visit and take advantage of the incredible history on display.

Lovella Singer
45 months ago

Kathe, You and your late brother, Harold's creation of the RRAAM inspires me at the DNAAAHM. THANKS

45 months ago
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