Growing up in the city of Chicago I've learned to appreciate the arts and museums as a child.  My grandfather retired at the Du Sable Museum of African American History when I was a child and I still remember running down the halls and checking out exhibits learning about my history and ancestors.

Fast forward to 2018 and now in East Texas I can still learn about my history and feel a sense of pride at the newly opened Texas African Museum here in Tyler.

Clarence Shackleford

From our media partner KLTV, Co-Founders Clarence Shackleford and Gloria Washington put their collective minds together and created the museum to focus on the education and historic preservation of African American History in Texas.

When they come into this museum, you can see what our fore-parents went through.

Their goal is to give the new generation a place to appreciate the contributions of those who came before us and certain exhibits you will come across are hundred-year-old guitars, old fashion washboards and even Motown records.

Clarence Shackleford

The non-profit organization is currently seeking volunteers and all interested parties can call (903) 218-1388 or by email

The Texas African American Museum is located at 2822 W. Erwin Street and their hours of operation is Thursday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information check out their Facebook page by clicking here.