Kathe Hambrick

A builder, preservationist and founder of the first African American museum in Louisiana. Kathe Hambrick is the founder of the River Road African American Museum (RRAAM) and the African Burial Grounds Coalition. She contrasts her life growing up in Louisiana and California and the drive that led her to be a prominent museum professional and author.

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Kathe Hambrick is an independent consultant and museum professional with over thirty years of experience in interpretation, preservation and heritage tourism.

Hambrick is the founder of the River Road African American Museum (RRAAM) and the African Burial Grounds Coalition. She most recently served as the Chief Curator and Director of Interpretation at the West Baton Rouge Museum.

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Over the course of her career Hambrick has developed over one hundred exhibits and programs related to the history and culture of African Americans in Louisiana.. Her expertise and scholarship includes geneaology, slave cemeteries, sugarcane plantations, and history of the rural communities along the Mississippi River.

Hambrick is an advisor and consultant for several corporations including SHELL Oil and BASF. She is a former president of the Association of African American Museums and served as a board member and program chair for several conferences.

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Over the past twenty years, Hambrick has advised museums and non-profit organizations on board governance, non-protit management and diversity.

In 2021, Hambrick started 2Preserve as a consulting firm to provide advice and public history projects to community leaders, organizations, industry and museums

Kathe Hambrick is the author and co-author of several books: Juke Joint Men, Oh Say Can You See: Flag Paintings of Malaika Favorite, Our Roots Run Deep, and Freedoms’ Journey: Understanding the Underground Railroad in South Louisiana. Hambrick teaches Introduction to Museology at Southern University in New Orleans where she received a master’s degree in Museums Studies in 2012.
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Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra. Thank you for joining us today.

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