The Brazos Valley African American Museum aims to preserve the often overlooked Black history of the Brazos Valley, while carefully cultivating stories from across the area to pass down to future generations. The museum itself sits on the site of one of the first Black schools in the Brazos Valley, and is a recognized Texas Historical Landmark.
The Brazos Valley African American Museum is located at 500 East Pruitt Street in an area historically known as Freedman Town. The Bryan School For Colored Youth was established at the site in 1885, but was later destroyed in a fire. Washington Elementary was then built on the site, but was again burned in 1971. It was not until that year that, finally, Black students were integrated into the Bryan public school system.
Today, the Brazos Valley African American Museum serves as the official repository of artifacts, oral history, media reports, and other important historical source material for the African Americans who settled and lived in the Brazos Valley of Texas.
With the mission to explore, develop, preserve and present the cultural history and heritage of African Americans, this museum reflects the rich diversity of the historical and cultural legacy, of African Americans in Bryan-College Station and surrounding areas.
The museum features rotating & permanent exhibits telling the stories of African Americans from across the Brazos Valley & beyond, and hosts special events during Black History Month (February), and celebrates Juneteenth each June.