This post is not book related in any way, but I really want to expand my blog to include more…more of who am I as a whole and more of my personal experiences!
On Wednesday, Sept. 14, I had the opportunity to attend the media preview day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
Just walking up the museum was an exciting experience and a total photo op. The building’s exterior is made from bronze-colored “Corona” panels. Isn’t it beautiful? Oh hey, Washington Monument!
The NMAAHC is the ONLY national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It has taken a century to build this museum. A century!
The museum’s 12 inaugural exhibitions are grouped around three main themes: history, community, and culture. The exhibitions include:
- History Galleries
- A Century in the Making
- Slavery and Freedom
- Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1968
- A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
- Community Galleries
- Power of Place
- Making a Way Out of No Way
- Sports Gallery
- Military History Gallery
- Culture Galleries
- Musical Crossroads
- Cultural Expressions
- Visual Arts Gallery
- Taking the Stage
A lot of people asked me if I was moved by the museum. Overall, the answer is yes! We started our tour in the history galleries, which was the most moving of the exhibits for me. I really enjoyed my time at the museum. However, there was so much to see and experience, I needed a few more days to fully appreciate everything. We were trying to see everything in one day, and that was really hard to do. The museum has a lot of items on display. There is so much to take in, but be sure to check out these notable items:
NMAAHC works in technology so well. It’s a seamless blend of artifacts, history, and technology. We had an opportunity to talk to a Smithsonian curator about the digital story board (pictured below).
Visitors will have the opportunity to upload their photos and stories to the board online before visiting the museum. Once the photos and stories are approved, they will be upload to the story board! Pretty cool, right?
The museum also has a restaurant, the Sweet Home Café, that showcases the rich culture and history of the African American people with traditional offerings and modern day foods. The Café is divided up into four regional stations and I’ve included some of the food offered at each station:
- Agricultural South: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Original Brunswick Stew
- Creole Coast: Gulf Shrimp & Grits, Pan-fried Louisiana Catfish Po’boy
- North States: “Smoking Hot” Caribbean-style Pepper Pot, New York City Oyster Pan Roast
- Western Range: “Son of a Gun Stew,” Pan Roast Rainbow Trout
To mark the grand opening of the museum, there will be a three-day festival starting Friday, Sept. 23rd through Sunday, Sept. 25. The festival’s activities will include music and dance performances, spoken word, oral-history activities and two evening concerts. The museum officially opens tomorrow, Sept. 24th. If you want to follow along on social media, please follow these hashtags: #NMAAHC and #APeoplesJourney.
Thank you to my wonderful coworkers, Crystal, Darrell, and Tabresha, who invited me to attend the event with them. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity! We took a lot of photos, but I wanted to share some of my favorites below:
The museum is a must visit, so if you get the opportunity, I highly encourage you to check it out!