Iberville Museum seeks African American artifacts

Deidre Cruse

The Iberville Museum, which will continue its “People of Iberville” series, is asking churches to lend artifacts for an exhibit on local African American culture that will open in February.

The theme of the “African Americans of Iberville” exhibit is the role of the church in their lives.

The museum has sent letters to pastors throughout the parish asking for their participation by proving such items as a brief church history, old photos and artifacts relating to early pastors, or to spiritual, social and cultural events and organizations.

The exhibit also will include a section on African American leaders in the fields of education, medicine, law, music, athletics and government.

“Considering the tremendous success of the Italian and Spanish exhibits, we are very excited about this upcoming exhibit, and have already begun to work to avoid holiday delays,” said series director, Rita Lynn Jackson.

Present and former Museum board members on the exhibit’s steering committee are Mrs. Thomas (Ethel) Edwards, Mrs. Sam (Pearl) Singleton, Mrs. Mark (Deena) Thomas and Jackson.

The museum will begin accepting exhibit items in November. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, December 20.

An opening ceremony with speakers, gospel singers refreshments and fellowship is scheduled for Saturday, February 7.

Any pastor who did not receive an invitation to participate can call Jackson at (225) 687-7239 or Museum Director Bethany Cardinal at (225) 687-7197.

“Our goal is 100 percent participation,” Cardinal said.

The Iberville Museum, across the street from the Plaquemine Lockhouse, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.