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Tangipahoa African-American Heritage Museum A Must-See Attraction For History Buffs In Hammond, LA Area
Patricia Ann Jordan


The mission of the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum in Hammopnd, Louisiana is to tell the story of African-Americans in all their permutations:  Family life, Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, inventions, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law, and technology.

The Tangipahoa has eight galleries, over 20 original murals and original art and artifacts.  The African-American culture comes alive for first-time and repeat visitors. This collection of artwork, artifacts and exhibits is one of the largest in the South. 

A special area of concentration in the Museum is its collection of data and exhibits on African-American veterans of military service in its "cooperative endeavor agreement" with Southeastern Louisiana Univer sity.

A perfect meetings and banquet space, Tangipahoa has three main buildings. The north building has a dinner theater and storage, while the middle building contains the main displays of African-American heritage. The south building offers a spacious banquet hall together with multipurpose conference facilities.

Along with to its popularity as a venue for small meetings and conferences, the Tangipahoa serves the region's growing family reunions business.  Tangipahoa Parish offers more than 1,200 hotel rooms, five bed and breakfast establishments and eight campgrounds.

The Officers and Board of Directors of the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum are comprised of volunteer members of the community who believe in the mission of preserving and sharing our culture and heritage.

Please also check out their Facebook Archives page with its "What happened on this day in Black History," offering such tidbits as, Robert W. Lee, executive chef at Harrisburger Hotel, the first African-American executive chef in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from 1939-1967.

For more information call (985) 542-4259 or visit www.taahm.org .

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