Operating Hours
Tues - Sat
1 PM - 5 PM
 523 Harrison Ave., N.W.
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 345-4818

  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 Exhibition Room.

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 on display

Other exhibits

Hunton Life Saving and First Aid Crew, Inc.
830 Moorman Road NW
Roanoke, Virginia 24007

The 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 destruction.

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.

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