Bryan Man's Passion for History Inspires Others

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Black History Month is dedicated to remembering important people and events that shaped the country we live in, and one Bryan man has made it his goal to spread that word all year long.

O.W. Sadberry, Jr. is the curator of the Brazos Valley African American Museum. It is his passion to make sure people don't forget those who made significant contributions to society.

Sadberry has been with the museum since its grand opening in July 2006.

"It was great because it was like getting a new pair of shoes and that's always a thrill," Sadberry said.

History is Sadberry's passion and sharing it with others just comes natural.

"I didn't quite live during that time, but I could sense it," Sadberry said. "I got the feeling what life was like in those areas."

Sadberry witnessed integration first hand.
He went to school in Bryan, joined the Air Force, and attended Texas A&M University when there were just 12 African American students.

He is now using his personal experiences and passion for history to inspire others.

The African American Museum shares a painful past, but with that comes an understanding of the present.

"We're just trying to bring that truth out somehow," Sadberry said.

The museum does just that.

From exhibits showing what it was like for African Americans in the armed services, to portraits of those who have impacted the Brazos Valley community, the museum's purpose is to educate others.

"See what Martin Luther King, Jr. did more than anything else is by his knocking down these barriers it made us all better Americans, even though some of us hated it," Sadberry said.

Sadberry says, Black History Month is really "American History Month," It affects all of us.

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