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Sat Jan 23, 2016, 02:59 PM

Why America Needs a Slavery Museum

"You've got two sides. Blacks are screaming predujuice to the white side. And the white side is looking and saying 'Why don't they get over it?' And the blacks don't understand that the whites don't know what "it" is..."

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Reply Why America Needs a Slavery Museum (Original post)
1monster Jan 2016 OP
whitefordmd Jan 2016 #1
1monster Jan 2016 #2
KentuckyWoman Jan 2016 #3
HeartoftheMidwest Jan 2016 #4
HeartoftheMidwest Jan 2016 #5
burfman Jan 2016 #6

Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 03:01 PM

1. I'm surprised we don't have one.

I think it would do a lot of good.



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Response to whitefordmd (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 03:12 PM

2. The Whitney Plantation IS a slavery museum and memorial...

The man in the video started and maintains it.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 07:00 PM

3. This gentleman is mistaken.

He's wrong that there is no other museum in the US that is dedicated to slavery.

The Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati has been open since 2004 and is quite provocative. It deals not only with the former practice of plantation slavery in the US but also current slavery around the world (including slaves held illegally in the US right now).

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 07:50 PM

4. Scheduled to open in the Fall of 2016:

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Currently being constructed on a five acre plot near the Washington monument.
LONG overdue; but another step forward.

From their website:


The National Museum of African American History and Culture was created in 2003 by an Act of Congress, establishing it as part of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Board of Regents, the governing body of the Institution, voted in January 2006 to build the museum on a five-acre site on Constitution Avenue between 14th and 15th streets N.W. This site is between the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The new museum, the Smithsonian’s 19th, will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. It is expected to open in 2016.



The Vision for the National Museum of African American
History and Culture

In many ways, there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history. Often America is celebrated as a place that forgets. This museum seeks to help all Americans remember, and by remembering, this institution will stimulate a dialogue about race and help to foster a spirit of reconciliation and healing.

There are four legs upon which this museum will stand:

The first is to create an opportunity for those that care about African American culture to explore and revel in this history.
Equally important is the opportunity to help all Americans see just how central African American history is for all of us. The museum will use African American history and culture as a lens into what it means to be an American.
Additionally, the museum will use African American culture as a means to help all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by international considerations and how the struggle of African Americans has impacted freedom struggles around the world.
Finally, as a 21st century institution, the museum must be a place of collaboration. We must be a truly national museum that reaches beyond Washington to engage new audiences and to collaborate with the myriad of museums and educational institutions, both nationally and internationally.

Ultimately, the National Museum of African American History and Culture should be a place of meaning, of memory, of reflection, of laughter, and of hope. It should be a beacon that reminds us of what we were; what challenges we still face; and point us towards what we can become.

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Response to HeartoftheMidwest (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 07:57 PM

5. Not meant to diminish the importance of Mr. John Cumming's Whitney Plantation Museum.......

....since few illustrations of history are as powerful as the actual site, and relics, and stories of what WAS.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2016, 09:38 PM

6. Might be good idea if there was one on the Washington Mall too.

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