History Under the Surface –The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s partnership with the African Slave Wrecks Project

Museums succeed at telling compelling stories and engaging their local communities in meaningful ways. However, museums have a role in telling their visitors about the research necessary to create blockbuster exhibits and the methodologies used to uncover displayed objects. This “insider” knowledge can inspire future scholars, curators, and archaeologists. The staff of the National Museum […]

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A Revolution Still in the Making: “From Storefront to Monument” Today

Let’s face it: Andrea Burns is right. Her book, From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement, rightfully points out the disenfranchisement of African Americans in museums in the past, and describes the efforts to bring more African Americans to the table. What struck me while reading was the idea […]

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Report to the Public

In Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America, Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton defined Black Power as:   “…a call for black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. It is a call for black people to begin to define their own goals, to lead […]

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Space and Place

  “‘I like this museum. It’s good to feel you’re part of something. A lot of times I go into different museums and enjoy the items on display but there’s an empty feeling. This place gives you a chance to feel history.’” [1] This quote from From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of […]

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