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Rural African American Museum receives donation from Glenn Armentor

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Jun 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-19 19:54:48-04

The Rural African American History Museum in Opelousas received a generous donation Saturday that will help keep the museum's doors open.

Glenn Armentor learned about the museum and the work of its founder, Wilken Jones, to preserve the customs and history of rural African Americans in St. Landry Parish and made a donation of $2,500. Saturday, the museum received another donation from Armentor, along with fellow Glenn Armentor Law Corporation attorney Christian Lewis, of $5,000.

Armentor said he and his company are dedicated to preserving the history of African American families around Acadiana. The firm currently resides in Good Hope Hall, where free Black families offered sanctuary to newly emancipated African Americans after the Civil War. It later became a jazz hall, where iconic artists like Louis Armstrong and Fats Pinchon performed.

"After learning of Good Hope Hall's amazing history, Glenn Armentor became dedicated to enhancing and supporting the history of ... other parts of Acadiana. He wants others to understand and appreciate the history of the African American families in our community, so that they are better understood, appreciated and respected," the firm said.

"A museum like this and African American culture is very important to me," said Armentor. "I want to help."

The Rural African American Museum is located at 1414 N. Main St. in Opelousas, and features displays and exhibits about Black homes, schools, churches, and more that tell the stories of rural African American families in the parish from about 1865 to 1965.

Learn more about the museum here.

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