Over the past few months our museum has featured a remarkable artist. Albuquerque senior citizen, master braider, and New Mexico True Hero Hiddekel Sara Burks has been working to set a new Guinness World Record for the Longest Handmade Textile Braid. The braid is a tribute to The Crown Act which bans discrimination against natural hair, including afros, braids, twists, and locks (or locs). You can read our previous post about her efforts here.
Although the museum is not open to the public on Mondays or Tuesdays, Ms. Burks will be live streaming as she continues work on her record breaking braid attempt. That stream is hosted on Twitch and is included at the top of this page.
Ms. Burks will also braid during NMHM’s open hours, Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. Please click here for more information on visiting us in person. We hope you will join us, virtually or in person, as Ms. Burks pursues her goal while drawing attention to discrimination and building respect for natural hair.
Help Hiddekel Reach Her Goal
Hiddekel has already braided over 4,500 feet but she needs your help to reach her target. Here are some ways you can contribute:
Donate yarn. Hiddekel is especially in need of black, royal blue, and red yarn. All remnants, colors, and types are gratefully accepted.
Donate time. Hiddekel needs assistance measuring, cutting, and racking yarn for each week of braiding. If you think you can help, please call the museum at 505.247.0606 Wednesday-Saturday, 12 p.m. -3 p.m.
Donate funding. In order to be considered for the Guinness World Record, Hiddekel must document all active braiding. To help cover the costs of a videographer and associated support, please click here to donate by credit card or ACH.
Together we can insure Hiddekel reaches her goal and draws attention to discrimination while building respect for natural hair.
READ MORE: Hiddekel and The New Mexico Holocaust Museum are included as one of the “12 Exhibitions Not to Miss in New Mexico in the Fall” by TravelMag.com. Click here for the full article on TravelMag.com.