HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University Museum, under the direction of the Museum Director, Dr. Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, is very pleased to announce the funding commitment has been reached for the naming of the Gift Shop in memory of Laurel Tucker Duplessis. The official unveiling ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3 P.M. at the Museum.
Laurel Tucker Duplessis, an artist, was a former Curator at the Hampton University Museum. The development of a Gift Shop, at the Museum, was Laurel’s idea and the theme of her Master’s Thesis at Hampton University. Laurel’s original artwork, Low Country Weaver and Corn Grinder’s, are part of the collection at Hampton University Museum.
Located in the heart of the historic Hampton University campus, the Hampton University Museum is a unique institution and a national treasure. Founded in 1868, the Museum is the oldest African American museum in the United States and one of the oldest museums in the state of Virginia. The collections feature over 9,000 objects including African American fine arts, traditional African, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Island, and Asian art; and objects relating to the history of the University. Within its fine arts collection is the largest existing collection of works in any museum by the artists John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Richmond Barthe and Samella Lewis.
The museum is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 12 noon to 4 p.m.; closed on Sundays and major holidays. Admission is free.