Washington D.C. – As soon as the doors opened, the National Museum of African American History and Culture was a game changer.
Travelers from all over the country took the trek to our nation’s capital to bear witness to one of the most influential places to mark the black community, and Urban Girl Magazine was right there with them.
It was a magical journey from the very beginning. The crown-like structure of the building was magnificent and empowering.
The museum was designed chronologically for you to view the exhibits from the bottom floor up to the 2nd, 3rd and the 4th and final floor.
Every aspect of our slave decedents was covered. From a sugar pot used to cook down sugar canes (which boosted the plantation’s economy) to a handmade wooden rocking cradle for babies. As the stories of their export from Africa to America was narrated, we were awe-striken by artifacts like the actual shackles used to transport captured slaves and there were even bills from actual slave auctions.
There were innumerable emotional moments going throughout the museum. Emmett Till’s casket and photos of his funeral were definitely an unforgettable piece. Not to mention, witnessing an actual slave ship. It’s easy to feel disheartened, but the gradual walk floor-by-floor, showed change in a flawed society. Taking note of our ascension to the top in politics, economics, and even entertainment reassured that African Americans have overcome many obstacles.
I must say, the National Museum of African American History and Culture could not have come at a better time. It’s hard to remember the strength our culture carries on with constant cases of innocent killings in the community. But I personally promise that any doubt or fears you may face today, will melt away once you witness the social change that occurred centuries later from shackles on a ship to suits and ties in the White House.
Be sure to make your way to Washington D.C. As soon as possible!