What’s Going on Here?
What’s Going on Here?
Allison B. Hudson
What it is?
The River Road African American Museum is suffering due to a lack of funding. As a result, Director of the museum, Kathe’ Hambrick-Jackson said that the annual Juneteenth Festival is a no go this year.
“Our operating budget went from approximately $150,000 to $25,000, and we are doing the best we can to keep our doors opened,” said Hambrick-Jackson.
The museum opened its after school and summer programs last year and as a result of minimal funding, those programs ended in December. Programs like such are needed in the community to help children who journey to the museum on a daily basis to help with homework.
The museum is an asset to not only the people in the local community but worldwide. Tourists from around the world have traveled to the museum to learn about the rich history it has.
“We also get calls from authors, professors, students, and people trying to find family history at the museum,” she added.
“The museum is a place that holds collective memory of the community.”
What happens next?
According to Hambrick-Jackson, the main objective is to keep the museum doors open. They have already had to schedule tours by appointment only.
“With the continued support of volunteers and the support of tourists we are keeping our doors opened, but we need the assistance in federal grants and we need the help from the parish and the city to see the value here.”
The museum is a part of economic development and with local officials, and museum representatives they should be able to find support and local help to keep the doors open.
Community leaders like Liberty in Christ Jesus Community Fellowship and Sonic Drive-In of Donaldsonville have invested in the future of Donaldsonville and the support of the River Road African American museum by giving a donation of $1,200 to the museum to help keep its doors open.
“We are enthusiastic regarding the vision for the River Road African American museum, and are sowing a financial seed in the future of this great community for Donaldsonville’s culture and history which is very unique,” said Pastor Freddie Allen. “This museum is a viable asset to the economic growth of our city.”
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