Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame announces “Our Mammy’s” three-part series

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DUE TO GAYNELL BRADY RECOVERING FROM HURRICANE IDA, THE REMAINING PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will host a three-part series in August and September, “Our Mammy’s Perseverance Wagon,” “Mammy and the Underground Railroad” and “Genealogy Sleuthing with Our Mammy’s.”

The first program, “Our Mammy’s Perseverance Wagon,” will be Saturday, Aug. 21 from 2-3:30 p.m. Gaynell Brady, founder/educator of Our Mammy’s, will share the stories of African Americans in Louisiana through the lens of her ancestors. The Perseverance Wagon program explores the lives of African Americans in Louisiana during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Participants will learn about education on plantations, the ways enslaved people sought freedom and the things free people did after their emancipation through hands-on activities. This educational program is geared for families and children ages six and older and accompanied by an adult.

The second program, “Mammy and the Underground Railroad,” will be Saturday, Sept. 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. Mammy and the Underground Railroad explores the ways “Mammy” served as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and how freedom seekers found their way to liberty through this network. This program includes storytelling, a scavenger hunt and other activities for families and children ages six and older and accompanied by an adult.

The third program, “Genealogy Sleuthing with Our Mammy’s,” will be Saturday, Sept. 18 from 2-3:30 p.m. Genealogy Sleuthing with Our Mammy’s is an interactive program that will introduce children to family history. Participants will develop a portion of their family tree, look for clues, and uncover evidence from artifacts. This educational program is geared for families and children ages six and older and accompanied by an adult.

This project was supported through funding provided by Cane River National Heritage Area Inc. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Cane River National Heritage Area Inc.

These programs are free and open to the public. State regulations regarding masks and physical distancing will be followed. Visit LouisianaStateMuseum.org or call (318) 357-2492 for more information.