The Moton Museum begins a new Staff Profile series. We will introduce you to our team serving on the frontlines each day to help us fulfill our mission. The first staff highlight for this series is Sherre Atkins, Guest Services Coordinator here at Moton. In her role, Sherre manages the Moton Bookstore, Guest Services Associates, Volunteers, and schedules group tour reservations as well as facility rentals. Sherre provides administrative support to the Moton Family Challenge Fund and the Moton Family Challenge Scholarship. In addition to her work at Moton, Sherre is the owner of Made 2 Reign LLC, which is a blog and company that combines Faith and Fashion to empower women to reign in style, in purpose, and in life. She has traveled as a missionary with her church (domestically and abroad) Mt. Gilead FGIM, where she actively serves as a Minister and as the General Overseer of their young adult ministry, Young C.E.O. (Christian Executive Overcomers) for ages 18-35. Sherre also a member of the Board of Directors for United Way.
How long have you been with the Moton?
8 years as of June 5, 2020
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love interacting with the public and setting the atmosphere for an enlightening, educational, and empowering experience. As Guest Services Coordinator, my team and I are our guest’s first friendly faces before touring the galleries. We have the opportunity to set the tone for the visitor’s experience.
What’s your favorite part of our permanent exhibit Moton School Story: Children of Courage?
Gallery 1 hands down! Barbara Johns bravery is inspiring and evidence that our individual voice can make an astounding impact on future generations. I believe that young girls and women need positive historical figures to look up to, to give them hope that they have the power to make a powerful, impactful difference.
What do you like to do when you’re not at the museum?
I love to blogging, arts and crafts, shopping, and taking walks on nature trails.
What are you excited to see Moton do in the future?
I love our digital presence. I’m excited to see us continue to evolve digitally and to increase our online presence. There are so many possibilities.
Anything else you’d like people to know about you or Moton?
Moton is a special place. It’s not only a place where you become educated and aware of Prince Edward County’s involvement in the road to equality. It’s also a place of healing, a sacred space, so to speak, where people can empathize and sympathize with those who lived through the lockout and strike generations. We are literally training the next generation about how to be civically engaged while simultaneously preserving the stories of those who hold the template of how to do so. We are a living history, making, sharing, and creating it! I’m so thankful to be apart of it!