The purpose of the museum is to tell the story of African Americans in all their permutations: family life, Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, inventions, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law, and technology.
“We are dedicated to preserve, maintain and educate the public on the history of African-American ancestors in the State of Louisiana and Tangipahoa parish in collaboration with other entities of cultural interest throughout the United States of America and abroad through artistic endeavors.”
The Tangipahoa African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archives will preserve and relate to all, the history through artistic endeavors of African-American Ancestors in the State of Louisiana.
Additionally, this Museum will house the country's first memorial to Black Vietnam War Veterans. This museum will serve as the anchor of "Multicultural Tourism" in Tangipahoa Parish and will be promoted as an attraction of history, heritage, and culture for tourists, school groups, military reunions, family reunions and the local community.
The museum will partner with the local schools and universities to provide educational experiences, internships, and work- training opportunities for area youth. The Tangipahoa African- American Heritage Museum and Black Veteran Archives site will be developed into a complete tourism experience with grounds for picnics, a restaurant, interactive historical learning tools, educational seminars, artists-in-residence, special events, and exchange of art pieces with other museums to continually provide exceptional cultural artwork telling the story of the history of African-Americans.
This museum will become one of the premier museums in the state of Louisiana. It will serve as part of a network of museums throughout the country, each run and operated independently but all telling the story of the history of African-Americans and bridging the pieces of history throughout each state.
The organization was originally founded in 1984 as a Louisiana 501(C)(3) non –profit corporation called Tangipahoa Black Festival. A name change occurred in 1987 to Tangipahoa Black Heritage Festival and under this name the organization purchased the former Mooney Avenue Elementary School from the Tangipahoa Parish School Board. This site has historical significance in that it was once the location of an African-American elementary school that had been closed due to integration.
The property consisted of 7.3 acres with four buildings and is located at 1600 Phoenix Square Hammond, LA. The land acquisition was a pivotal step towards the mission of creating a heritage museum and community center. The organization renamed itself in 2005 as the Tangipahoa African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archives (TAAHM).