GRAMBLING, Louisiana (Tierra Smith, GSU Media Bureau)— Grambling State University will be featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture when it opens in Washington, D.C., in spring 2016.
"Having a space in a prominent museum like the new National Museum of African American History and Culture just for
The museum is the only national museum devoted solely to documenting the history and culture of African Americans. “(It) will tell the American story through the lens of the African American experience,” said Elaine Nicholas, the museum’s senior curator of culture during a recent visit to the GSU campus. “Eleven exhibits will tell those stories using ionic artifacts.”
“Grambling history has not only influenced HBCU sports but other collegiate and professional sports,” said Damion Thomas, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the
Nicholas and Thomas, who are actively involved with the production of the museum, toured Grambling State campus and the Eddie G. Robinson Museum as a part of a visit to determine which objects might best represent the school, the museum and the Bayou Classic. The visitors said they got a great sense of
“One of the main goals today was to start the conversation about the objects needed to tell Grambling’s story,” said Thomas. With the help of Pogue, he and others worked with Wilbert Ellis, a former GSU baseball coach and president of the Friends of The Eddie G. Robinson Museum, and the Robinson family to identify some likely museum prospects, including some of Robinson’s playbooks and some of Coach Rob’s players’ jerseys worn by some of his most famous football players.
The national museum exhibit will include memorabilia from the Bayou Classic, the only HBCU classic football game that is televised nationally. “Out of all of the HBCU classics, the Bayou Classic is number one,” said Aaron James, the GSU athletic director.
“Bayou Classic is the Super Bowl of Classics,” added Dotti Belletto, president and CEO of NOCCI, the New Orleans-based company that manages the Bayou Classic for
Since being established by the U. S. Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003, the museum has collected 27,000 artifacts. The museum will cost $540 million to build, with half of the money being provided by the United States government and the other half raised by public-private partnerships.
Other historically black universities scheduled to be featured in the museum include
-- Tierra Smith, GSU Media Bureau