New director of BV African American Museum aims to increase membership

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- Crystal Carter has only been director of the Brazos Valley African American Museum for less than a year, but in that short amount of time, she has made quite the impact.

Prior to taking the job, Crystal was no stranger to the museum.

She was a volunteer for several years before stepping into her leadership role.

"These stories need to be told," said Carter last week during an interview with News 3's Rusty Surette.

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Carter is now in charge of the museum's mission, membership, and marketing. There's also the exhibits and community outreach. She says her desire to do this goes all the way back to her childhood days in North Carolina.

"My mother and her sisters were 4-H leaders, so we were in a 4-H club for most of my life. Community service is something that we did. It was apart of us. I went to school at a historically black college so I understand that promoting African American history is important," she said.

Carter, a mom of three, says one of her favorite things about her job is seeing the reaction from first time visitors. Her goal is to keep them coming back. She's quick to remind us about the unique exhibits and documents that are exclusive to the Brazos Valley African American Museum.

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She would like to engage more home-schooled children, and for the younger demographic, there's new activities in the works like a trivia night. What she'd like to see is more participation from all corners of our community. With the support of her board of directors, she's aiming for a new membership goal of 500 people this year.

"When I introduce myself, and tell them I'm with the museum I invite them out so they can feel like they can participate and learn and share information that we have about the Brazos Valley with them. That's one of the things I want people to understand. I want them to come out and learn about history and things you didn't know that happened right here in the Brazos Valley," she said.