National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
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It’s interesting to see how big the slave trade was. On a recent visit to Africa I realized the slave trade still exists there. About the museum, there must have been some Michael Jackson things in the celebration of black pop culture? I am a huge fan!

Wow. What do you mean, the slave trade still exists in Africa? Illegally, I’m guessing!

There’s tons of music memorabilia in the museum, but I didn’t get to see much of it because it’s just a huge museum.

Wow those number are horrifying. I knew they were high but not that high. So sad and shameful it still exists today in parts of the world. This should not be. We will make sure to visit this museum and learn about history when we visit Washington D.C.

I’m glad we live in a time where we can talk about the fact that the U.S. was built on the blood and backs of slaves, but yes, very shameful.

Altough topics like these are hard to talk about, I’m glad this museum exists. It is so important to keep talking about it. So crazy there was need for a negro green book. I’d never heard of that.

Yes, Romy, it is important to talk about.

As a Canadian, the “relationship between black and white” is very hard to understand. Of course I wouldn’t go as far as saying that there’s no racism on our side of the border, but it’s very different.
Have you seen the movies about Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela? I found them so inspiring!
And those statues are beautiful! These women look alive!

Hi Aryane. Yes, I’ve heard that race relations in Canada are very different from the U.S. I’ve seen some of those movies and I enjoy them very much. Thanks for reading!

We were in DC in October and wanted so much to visit this museum. Unfortunately we missed out on the passes so it was great to read your post and get a better idea of what’s inside. It must have been so emotional travelling through time there. What do you think surprised you most?

I think the profitability of slavery surprised me the most. There would be no U.S. global domination without slavery and it’s important to acknowledge that this country was founded on pretty shameful values.

DC has so many museums. I wish India was also that big on museums..ha ha.but well, our country is so colorful that its like a live museum! Love the black and red dress…is there a story behind that too?

Hi Sonia. The black and red dress is Michelle Obama’s! Thanks for reading.

History fascinates me more than anything else. This will be one big reason for me to visit Washington DC..otherwise big modern cities are not really my favorite places to go to.

Hi Punita. I was more impressed with D.C. than I thought I would. It’s a great historical city and a nice place to walk around.

Great tips at the end. I definitely want to see this when I head to DC. I think our history lessons are very different depending on where you learn. My cousins in Texas learned about the Civil War in a very different way than I did growing up in Ohio. Not the same across the board that’s for sure. It’s good to continue the lessons into adulthood and to be open to the conversations and discussions that go along with the lessons.

I’m from Ohio but moved to Texas and I think you’re right about the history lessons! Glad you enjoyed the post.

I’m glad that this museum exists so that visitors can gain an inkling into what life must have been like for those poor people who were enslaved. It’s important not to forget it. We must also try to stamp out modern slavery as too often it is under our noses and we have no idea.

Gosh, yes. Modern slavery is so disheartening and I wouldn’t even know where to begin trying to eradicate it. Thanks for reading, Emily.

The historical museum that walk you back in time are always interesting and intriguing. We have never heard of such a museum which talks about the dark truth of the past, about the slavery. We would definitely want to visit this museum and learn of the past.

Yes, I think you would like it. Thanks for your comment!

I haven’t heard about this museum before, but I’m so glad it exists – I wish we had something like this here in the UK. I’ll definitely go and see it if I’m ever in Washington D.C.

Surprising that the UK doesn’t have something similar!

A dark point in history but one that is so important to face up to. It’s only through our knowledge of what went before that we can expect to change our ways in the present and the future

Yes, so true, Emma.

The African slavery that happened in the USA is very well-known is Europe and I’m so glad that there’s a museum in the USA who reclaims against it and provides the citizens with awareness of it. By the way, those statues look so damn real!

Yes, the whole museum feels alive.

I would love to tell you my favorite thing in DC, but haven’t had the chance to visit it, yet. But I love the city and hopefully will get to go there very soon. I’ll take this suggestion, since I think it is the perfect way to learn more about this period on the USA history. Thanks for all the detail and tips.

You are welcome, Marlene. Thank you for your comment!

Wow…I did not know that about Thomas Jefferson. And having gone through your post, I feel a little disturbed. I can imagine how restless and sad I would feel if I were to see it in person. Kind of like what I feel when I visit the Indo-British monuments in India.

I think it’s important to feel disturbed even at things that happened long ago. Thanks for reading, Ami.

First of all lovely pictures. You have really captured the essence of a place. And the story that you had written is equally soul steering. I never knew Thomas Jefferson had 600 slaves. I did find it bit disturbing. Africans really went through hell 🙁

Thank you, Archana! I’m glad you enjoyed the story and photos.

I enjoyed reading this. My favorite parts are your honesty about your lack of knowledge about the slave trade, our era of enlightenment and how Thomas Jefferson had 600 slaves-a shocker. Don’t know much about American History as its not our focus where I come from. But thank you

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