Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Making History: Dr. Greg E. Carr, Associate Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Howard University, Reflects on the Historical, Emotional Impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Making History: Dr. Greg E. Carr, Associate Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Howard University, Reflects on the Historical, Emotional Impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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If you are fortunate enough to have the chance to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), let go of any ambition to take it all in one go. There is simply too much to see and absorb in one viewing.

Tickets are booked out months in advance for 2017; the crowds of visitors underscoring the importance of this museum. After decades of planning, the Black experience is finally elevated to its rightful place on the National Mall. America was built on the backs of its enslaved population, and this building is their monument and a centuries-overdue testament to their labors.

The museum is arranged chronologically, starting below ground with the early history of the slave trade and winding through history to the contemporary moment, illustrating how central African-Americans have been to the success of the American enterprise from the very beginning. Upper floors are dedicated to arts, music and culture.

Given the vastness and complexity of the ground the museum covers, curators had to be deft in how they made the most of the space. Yet, they succeeded in honoring both the heroes of the African-American experience and those who were written out of history.

In amassing the collection of some 35,000 objects, museum curators acquired genuine treasures, such as Nat Turner's Bible and Harriet Tubman's delicate lace shawl and hymnal. …

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