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Our Museum Hours Are:

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monday, Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

We would like to take the time in our newsletter to honor our veterans early for their service.

To all veterans of all branches and especially the members/supporters of the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum: Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. In short, thank you for your service!

Here are 5 things you can do to honor a veteran on November 11th:

1. Treat them to a treat

2. Recognize them

3. Share their story

4. Help serve the family

5. Serve the community on their behalf

Veterans, if you have time throughout the day on Nov. 11th, we hope you will drive by and visit the Museum so we can show you simply how much we appreciate you. 

Speaking of Veterans..
November 3, 2020
The Bishops Award of The Sons of Allen Men's Ministry presented to our very own Mr. Jimmy Harrell!

We would like to congratulate Mr. Jimmy Harrell in being awarded The Bishop's Award from The Sons of Allen Men's Ministry Central Annual Conference 11th Episcopal District and Allen Chapel AME Church. Mr. Harrell is a great leader in the community and an inspiration to all. We are happy to  announce the recognition of his achievements.

New Artifact
From Sierra Leone - A Traditional Sandstone Carving of a Tribal Chief
A gift from Susan and Will Wagner

Susan Wagner served with her former husband Will Wagner in the American Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (which for a period was also known as Zaire) from 1968 until 1972. Her sons Will and Christian Wagner were born in a small clinic in Kinshasa, the Congo. Susan wrote for many newspapers and magazines around the world while she was in Africa, and travelled extensively. Her son Christian Wagner became critically ill as a baby and was diagnosed with a virus. While he had a healthy childhood, the virus returned as a retro-virus at age 21. Christian then went to the Lord in April 2000, this gift is given in memory by his family. Susan was given the gift of the bust by a Sierra Leonean in 1974, and hand carried it back to Guinea. 

November Black History Facts

1. Nov. 1, 1777: The African Free School of New York City was opened.

2. Nov. 3, 1993: Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, was the First Black Woman ever elected to the Unites States Senate. (see first picture)

3. Nov. 4, 2008: Barack Obama defeats John McCain to become the First Black President of the United States. (see second picture)

4. Nov. 10, 1957: Charlie Sifford wins Long Beach Open, becoming the First African American to win a Major Professional Golf Tournament. (see third picture)

5. Nov. 16, 2004: Condoleezza Rice was nominated by President Bush as Secretary of State, making her the First black Woman to serve the position. (see fourth picture)

Deep Southern Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes Everyone Can Try!
Pitcher Perfect Sweet Tea


  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of granulated sugar, or to taste
  • 5 or 6 individual Luzianne tea bags


Combine water and sugar in a large saucepan, whisk together and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover and steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags, let cool slightly, then pour into a half gallon pitcher. Do not add additional water or ice. Pour over ice filled glasses to serve.

Cook's Notes: Double for a gallon. You can also prepare the simple syrup in the microwave if you have a large enough lidded microwave safe container. Six teabags makes a more robust flavor; two family sized tea bags may be substituted.

Cane Sugar Sweet Iced Tea: Substitute turbinado 100% pure, raw cane sugar (like Sugar in the Raw brand) for the granulated sugar. It's my favorite sugar to use.

Sweet Tea Syrup Concentrate: Prepare simple syrup as above except use 3 cups each of water and sugar and increase tea bags to 10-12, depending on strength desired. Steep 15 minutes and let cool. Do not add ice or water. Refrigerate. Use 3/4 cup of the syrup (or to taste) to 6 cups of water to a make 1-1/2 quart pitcher. For individual glasses, fill with ice and top off with ice cold water, spooning in several tablespoons according to color and taste.

Southern Sweet Potato Pie


  • 1 to 1-1/2 pounds of sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 large)
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup of butter, softened at room temperature
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell, homemade or commercial (Pillsbury recommended)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon cane, sorghum or maple syrup, optional
  • Fresh whipped cream


Steam or boil diced sweet potatoes until tender; set aside to cool slightly. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, toast pecans in a skillet until fragrant. Put sweet potatoes in a food processor together with the brown sugar, egg yolks, half and half, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slice up the butter and add. Process just until well blended.

In a mixer bowl, whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until foamy. Add in 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. You should be able to hold the mixing bowl upside down without the whipped egg whites sliding out. Add the sweet potato mixture to the whipped egg whites until blended well; turn out into pie shell. Sprinkle pecans on the top and drizzle top with syrup, if desired.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes until set. Shield the pie crust edges with aluminum foil about halfway thorough cooking time to avoid overbrowning. Let cool completely before cutting. Top with fresh whipped cream. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Cook's Notes: Substitute one large (29 ounce) can of whole sweet potatoes, drained and mashed, or one small (15 ounce) can of mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato puree. If you use a canned sweet potato in heavy syrup, you'll want to drain well and take care with any additional sugar. Taste the mash for sweetness first before adding any brown sugar, then add a little, taste and adjust. Do not use sweet potato pie filling for this recipe.

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Due to the current Pandemic, the Museum has not been

able to hold our Annual Meet & Greet Membership Event.



Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum


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FL 32168 United States

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