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The Hambrick siblings were raised in an environment of ujima (collective work and responsibility) and civic engagement. When in 1991 their sister, Kathe, visited their family's hometown, she new the narratives of African Americans who came before her must be told. They then vowed to work with her in creating a venue which would tell these stories. Together Harold, Darryl, Donald, and Kathe would create the River Road African American Museum.



Kathe Hambrick: Author, Curator, Public Historian
Kathe Hambrick is an author, independent museum consultant, curator, public historian, and public speaker Hambrick is a leading cultural resource manager and has over thirty years of experience documenting Louisiana’s rural history and culture. In 1994, she founded the River Road African American Museum where she was the Executive Director for 23 years. While working as the Curator and Director of Interpretation at the West Baton Rouge Museum, Kathe designed the Juke Joint and several exhibits, including “Cuttin Cane A’int All We Do.” Hambrick is the author and co-author of several books, including Juke Joint Men, Oh Say Can
You See: Flag Paintings of Malaika Favorite, and Our Roots Run Deep. Her passion is the preservation of slave cemeteries along the Mississippi River. Hambrick is an adjunct professor at Southern University in New Orleans, teaching the Introduction to Museology. In the spring of 2021, she started a cultural resource firm called 2PRESERVE Past-Present & Future.


Darryl is the Co-Founder and Guest Servcies Specialist for River Road African American Museum. He has over 20 years of preservation of African American history in Louisiana. Darryl T Hambrick, is the son of late civil rights activist Harold E. Hambrick, Sr and Mary E. Clark Hambrick, of Slidell, LA.
He was born on August 1, 1962 in Los Angeles, CA and the youngest of five siblings. Darryl is a graduate
of Delgado Community College, New Orleans with a
degree in Mortuary Science, 1985. He is a Licensed Funeral Director for the State of Louisiana, with over 40
years of experience.
Mr. Hambrick has served RRAAM as its immediate past interim director and now continues to develop external and corporate relations and is the lead tour guide for RRAAM.

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