"All of the people here, I mean this is a community of people you don't usually see this many people," said Ann Boney, Brazos County NAACP.
"Nothing else around here has our history, nothing so this is it," said Mattie Carter, museum board member.
It was seven years in the making, but Saturday the Brazos Valley African American Museum opened it's doors. Close to a thousand community members were there to witness history in the making.
"This museum has come out of a life of struggle and trials and tribulations," said Rev. Samuell Fields, local pastor.
"I mean how many dreams can you dream that you can actually see come to fruition," said Boney.
Even Mell Pruitt, the museum founder, made an unexpected, but welcomed appearance.
"Ms. Mell really brought tears to our eyes because she was able to make it to the museum opening," said Janette Hedge, museum board member.
"It's like going to a wedding without your mother there had she not been there," said Boney.
The Brazos Valley African American museum isn't just a a place with interesting artifacts, it's a living history lesson with stories of struggle and survival.
"It's a museum for each and every person not only for us but it's for everybody, for the whole community," said Hedge.
"It's important that our children know that it took blood, sweat and tears for is to get to where we are," said Boney.
"The blessings we had did not come easy it came with struggle, sacrifice and inspiration, it helps reminds us how far we've come," said Rep, Chet Edwards, District 17.