This weekend was a time of celebration on the Museum of the Gulf Coast as music and private historical past took heart stage.
Friday was an evening for music lovers with the rededication and opening of the brand new music corridor of fame on the Museum of the Gulf Coast and the opening of the Woodstock exhibit.
On Saturday, former Lincoln Excessive Faculty Basketball Coach James Gamble added the induction into the sports activities corridor of fame to his lengthy listing of accomplishments that embody 641 wins and 4 state championships.
“I can’t even clarify how proud I’m to be a part of the museum,” Gamble to Port Arthur Newsmedia. “Whenever you take a look at the entire greatness that’s there, to be inducted and put in the identical room as these individuals, is the best feeling on the planet.”
The brand new corridor of fame is sponsored by Susan and Ron Arceneaux in what was two years within the making.
Susan Arceneaux mentioned the couple has been lucky with their enterprise being so profitable in Port Arthur and surrounding communities. They’d contemplated for a very long time how they chilly return one thing significant to the group.
The chance got here by likelihood in 2017 when the couple had been at a vacation perform on the museum, and director Tom Neal requested to satisfy for lunch.
From there they selected what to do, she mentioned.
“After we met with him, he so enthusiastically tapped out a imaginative and prescient of what a brand new corridor of fame of music would appear like, it was catching,” she mentioned. ”We each jumped on the likelihood to offer a significant and lasting reward to this group.”
Gamble was inducted Saturday together with the late boxer Jack Johnson and the late Frank Robinson, who was born in Beaumont.
Gamble led Lincoln to state titles in 1981, 1984, 1986 and 1988. He returned to teaching in 1998 after retiring and posted a document of 29-6 and was the state runner up.
“As a coach, I’ve been within the Texas Excessive Faculty Coaches Affiliation,” he mentioned. “That’s all the time a aggressive surroundings. As I look again, I’ve been inducted into the Texas Excessive Faculty Corridor of Honor. I’ve received state championships. I used to be chosen because the All-Star coach. I assume all I’m making an attempt to say is that all the things that the THSCA needed to supply as an award, I’ve received that. I’m very pleased with that.”
Ron Arceneaux mentioned music was a giant a part of his life rising up. As a child he performed DJ and spun the information for the “coolest two sisters a man can have.”
“It was individuals like Johnny Preston, the Huge Bopper, like Jivin’ Gene Bourgeois and, afterward, it form of morphed into different music like Jimmy Reed and Elvis Presley, Gary US Bonds, the Coasters,” he mentioned. “All of those had been influences on me at that age.”
What actually modified all the things for him was when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan present on Feb. 9, 1964.
Later he obtained into a couple of bands and is presently in two bands.
The brand new corridor of fame options pictures and plaques with names of musical artists and a big pc contact display screen the place company can see and listen to the artists included there.
Cheryl Dearman, who’s a lifetime member of the museum, and husband Marvin drove in from West Monroe, Louisiana, to witness the occasion Friday.
“What an exquisite alternative we had in the present day to make the dedication sponsored by Ron and Susan Arceneaux,” Cheryl Dearman mentioned. “Their generosity is significantly appreciated by everybody dedicated to the museum.”
The couple visited the museum some time again and was struck by what it has to supply.
“The museum touches loads of lives,” Marvin Dearman mentioned.
Hal Ross, a Port Arthur native, spoke of how the museum touches lives and the way it captures the essence of town.
“Whenever you stroll round, take a look at what you’ve been uncovered to. Jiving Gene Bourgeois, he’s like an uncle to me,” Ross mentioned. “It makes my coronary heart swell up. They took little items of your life and put it right into a room.”
Downstairs within the Dunn Gallery is a tribute to Woodstock that includes a wall sized mural of the group shot from the stage in addition to tributes to Janis Joplin, Larry Graham and Johnny and Edgar Winter — all Southeast Texans.
The Woodstock exhibit will run by means of Jan. 13.