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Chesapeake Resident Directs Opening Of Senegal Museum

Mrs. Marie Pierre Myrick of Chesapeake, Virginia recently traveled to Senegal, West Africa and directed the reopening of Senegal’s unique – first of its kind – Women’s Museum. The official name of the Museum is Muse’e de la Femme Henriette Battily. The museum features historical/traditional women’s artifacts from Senegal’s great diversity of cultural communities. It also hosts a school which teaches skills that help women to become economically self-sustaining.

Before the recent move to the center of the capital (Dakar) the museum was housed for two decades on the historical Goree Island—across from the iconic Slave House.
In Hampton Roads, Mrs. Myrick serves in leadership positions on boards of a variety of community service organizations, such as the Norfolk Sister Cities, ODU’s Friends of Women’s Studies Association, Ambassador Bismarck Myrick’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebrations and the Hampton Roads Cultural Alliance.
Mrs. Myrick is married to Ambassador (Ret.) Bismarck Myrick, Old Dominion University Ambassador in Residence and Lecturer of Political Science and History.

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