Since it's opening in 1985 the Harrison Museum of
African American Culture has offered historical and art
exhibitions in it's galleries and in the Hazel B. Thompson
Thanks to the generosity of several donors, the
Harrison Museum owns an impressive collection of African
masks, bronze sculptures, paintings, furniture, jewelry and textiles
from Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Liberia, Rwanda, Zaire and South
Africa. Also donated in the museum's permanent local
collection which has grown from a few objects to several
thousand, of medical, educational, and political memorabilia, as
well as visual art. All housed in the museum's Archival Annex.
Several traveling exhibitions including an
African Traveling trunk, a local heroes pictorial exhibition and
the Harrison Museum free standing display can be borrowed for a
two week period by school and other organizations by
contacting the office @ (540) 345-4818.
Benin seated Female Figures
From the collection of Cabell and Shirley Brand
There are Authentic African Masks
Hunton Life Saving and First Aid Crew, Inc.
830 Moorman Road NW
Roanoke, Virginia 24007
Hunton Life Saving Crew, was organized by Mr. Alexander A. Terrell on
December 21, 1941, two weeks after the attack of Pearl Harbor. Mr.
Terell's decision to start this organization was based on the
inevitable fact that much had to be done in this time of war and
The purpose of the Hunton Life Saving Crew, was
to prevent accidents, teach safety, give first-aid classes and training
to the general public and to train schools and factories and others in
the use of first aid equipment and to save lives.
The Hunton Life Saving Crew was the only African-American Life Saving Crew in the world at the time of its inception.