The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the African-American History and Culture, In Pictures

This is the second part to yesterday’s post called “A Visit to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; Plus Some Thoughts on Evangelical Christians and Racism.” Below you will find a number of pictures that I took while at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the African-American. 

Entrance to the History exhibit 

The role sugar played in the Atlantic slave trade 

The signing of the Declaration of Independence but slavery continues… 

America becomes independent from Great Britain

Nat Turners Bible. For those of you who do not know, Nat led a revolt among slaves in Virginia in 1831. 55 died and it led to more restrictions on slaves in the American South. 

The policy of King Cotton in the South prior to the Civil War, you can read more here

Harriet Tubman’s shawl 

Harriet Tubman’s Hymnal 

The Compromise of 1850 

Map with blood from Bleeding Kansas 

Abraham Lincoln and the election of 1860

The Civil War and African-Americans 

African-Americans being called up to serve in the Civil War. 

African-Americans fighting in the Civil War. I am going to use this part of the post to  insert several clips from a movie that is very appropriate. Its about the 54th Massachusetts Regiment which was the first black regiment from the North to fight in the Civil War. I read some of the letters associated with this regiment while in grad school. The 54th under the leadership of Colonel Shaw assaulted Fort Wagner in South Carolina in July of 1863. For those of you interested I would recommend the movie Glory. It has Danzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick. 

Massachusetts 54th preparing to charge Fort Wagner 

Charging Fort Wagner 

Copies of the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation 

The rise of segregation 

The rise of the Ku Klux Klan 

The dress Rosa Parks was working on when she was arrested for not giving up her seat to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama. 

The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Slave cabins 

The election of Barack Obama

The fountain in the museum.