I spent the better part of the day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC on the day after its third birthday, though this was my first time through it.
I’m posting two pictures here from the “Changing America” exhibit and two of the “Contemplative Court”, a welcome space for reflection after taking in the museum’s powerful exhibits.
The “Slavery and Freedom” exhibit is three floors below ground, tight, and dark. If you’ve been moved by #1619, you’ll want to see it in person to experience the power of this history-telling from then to today.
And when you’re finished, you may wish to reflect on all that you saw, from the horrors of slavery and segregation, to the Emmett Till Memorial, to joy and exuberance in the arts.
Enter the Contemplative Court, with its calming water falling from a skylight at street level.
A change is gonna come. The battle for civil rights is ongoing. I’ll be back.
Header image credit: Exterior of the National Museum of African American History and Culture ~ mas