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 Turner‘s 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
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
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.
The election of Barack Obama
The fountain in the museum.