Community Celebrates with Ribbon Cutting & Block Party
Saturday, October 17th
4807 Caroline (future home of HMAAC)
11:00- 11:45 Guided Press Tours/ Street Festival
12:00- 12:30 Ribbon Cutting by Board Members and Elected Officials
12:30- 2:00 p.m. Public Tours/ Street Festival
A Museum for All People
The new face of African American culture in Houston, now has a permanent address, 4807 Caroline. The acquisition and on-going renovation of the ten-thousand square foot building, represents a decade of planning and hard work by museum board members.
“This is truly a proud moment for the entire city of Houston. The Houston Museum of African American Culture will bring together members of our community as they teach, learn and explore the rich history of African American culture, both in Houston and across the world. It also will show how African Americans have worked with so many other communities in our very diverse city, to make it the place of cooperation and opportunity that we now call home,” said Melanie Lawson HMAAC Board President.
Nestled in the heart of Houston’s thriving museum district, HMAAC’s new home promises to become a center for community growth. During his term, former Mayor Lee Brown envisioned a such space – now that vision has become a reality, thanks to the continued generosity of countless Houstonians. John Guess, Jr. located the building, led negotiations to purchase it and is heading the museum’s development campaign. The ribbon cutting, block party, and tours will give current and future museum supporters an up-close look at of the new building. HMAAC explores stories inspired by themes of opportunity and empowerment, creativity and innovation, through the lens of the African American experience.
“Even though renovation is just beginning, we feel that inviting the community to visit our new space at the beginning of this phase is vital and will ensure that when we complete it, the community with be there to join in the celebration for years to come,” said Guess.
If you would like more information or the schedule an interview in advance of the event please call or email. Yvonne Auirre at 713-353-1578 firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Whitley 832-741-2482 email@example.com