City of Austin, TX

10/22/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/22/2020 12:41

George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center Celebrates 40 Years

On Saturday, October 24, the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center will celebrate its 40th Anniversary. During the past four decades, the museum has served as a cultural hub for the Black community in the greater Austin metropolitan area. A broadcasted birthday celebration will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature musical performances by EimaraL Sol and Distinguished Soundz plus dancers, DJs, and guest appearances from community leaders, artists, and educators. The celebration will also honor community members who have committed themselves to the growth and development of Austin's African American community. The event will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and www.carvermuseumatx.org.

Located in the Rosewood neighborhood in Austin's African American Cultural Heritage District, the museum works to preserve the history, culture, and art of Black people. When the museum opened in 1980, it was the first African American neighborhood museum in Texas. Through the preservation and exhibition of African American material culture, history, and aesthetic expression, the Carver Museum works to create a space where the global contributions of all Black people are celebrated. The museum accomplishes this by telling stories about our local community and connecting those histories to larger narratives about Blackness.

The museum is currently undergoing a community-driven facility expansion plan that could substantially increase the footprint of the cultural facility.

To register for the virtual event and for more information, please go to carverturns40.eventbrite.com.