WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTOC) - The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. is an incredible journey back in history and highlights Savannah and the Lowcountry.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is in Washington D.C. The tour starts by going back in time seeing documents, artifacts, and quotes dating back to the 1700s.
Lessons are literally written on the walls. For example how some countries packed more slaves in boats to sail to the U.S. factoring in some would die, while other countries chose to pack less human cargo ensuring a better quality of life so more would survive the voyage.
The museum has an area highlighting how slavery impacted Savannah and the Lowcountry. Savannah was a major center during the slave trade era because of the port. In fact, according to museum documents, 25 percent of all slaves brought to the U.S. remained in the state of Georgia.
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The museum makes it clear the South was the biggest benefactor of slavery and documents how some slave owners justified the inhumane treatment of African men, women, and children. Visitors can also see how multiple African cultures influenced America, from farming to food, music and more.
As you wander throughout the museum there are several areas that are interactive as it takes you through the Jim Crow era, Civil Rights era, and has three floors dedicated to a variety of areas from religion, to fashion, music, business, journalism, politics, sports and the military.
Our Dawn Baker visited the museum when it first opened and had a chance to interview Rev. Jesse Jackson: