(Washington, DC) Black History Month Kickoff Celebration at African American Civil War Memorial Museum

The African American Civil War Memorial Museum is conveniently located near Howard University, the U Street corridor, and the Spirit of Freedom sculpture. A WMATA train practically pulls up to it’s front door.

It was happenstance, the day that a friend and I visited the museum and found Virginia Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl success there addressing a captive audience. Also to my surprise was the presence of African American Civil War re-enactors (living historians) there in full garb.

The African American Civil War Memorial Museum is one of the lesser talked about cultural resources in Washington DC. It should be experienced at least once by locals and those visiting town. Tomorrow Friday February 1, 2019 will be a great opportunity to do so.

Washington, DC FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2019 DC Black History Celebration Committee Presents “Black History Month Kickoff Celebration” 6-8 PM at the African American Civil War Memorial Museum. The program will include a keynote speaker, a community awards ceremony, followed by a reception.

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Dr. James Eaton – FAMU Black Archives

Story published July 15, 1993 in the Atlanta Constitution “A Man and His Museum”

In 1971 legislation was passed in Florida that mandated the creation of a repository to “serve the state by collecting and preserving source material on and about African Americans from ancient to present times.” Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University became home to that repository.

Dr. James N. Eaton was a history professor at FAMU and embarked on the task of collecting black memorabilia and artifacts.

The pictures news article states that Eaton is standing at a podium once used by Booker T. Washington and other well known African American orators. “Eaton was cruising interstate 95 in Georgia…he was in a truck stop when he saw near the Rebel flags and ceramic Jesus statues a ‘Jolly N****r Bank’…a relic of Jim Crow times.”

The Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum was renamed Meek- Eaton Black Archives after Dr. James N. Eaton’s passing in 2004 🕊

[source: FAMU & Kenan Research Center]

(Riceboro, GA) Sugar Cane Harvest

Footage collected on November 24th, 2018 at the 14th Annual Geechee Kunda Sugar Cane Harvest. The event was held at the Geechee Kunda Cultural Center located in Riceboro, Georgia.

Dr. Jamal Amir Toure, cultural historian, community leader and professor at Savannah State University emceed the event.

Riceboro was established between 1756 – 1757 and was named “for the early rice industry in the area.” Enslaved persons in the area were subjected to labor on rice plantations.

Geechee Kunda Cultural Center was founded in 2000 by Jim and Pat Bacote.

video clip contains field recordings collected during the 14th Annual Sugar Cane Harvest juxtaposed with photographs found in the Geechee Kunda Museum.

Visit GeecheeKunda.com for museum hours and event listing.

 

Smithsonian Search for Black History Artifacts in Atlanta, 1991

In 1991, Claudine K. Brown visited Atlanta in search of African American artifacts and memorabilia that would go inside a future institution by the name of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Again her visit was in 1991. This article notes that in addition to viewing private collections, Ms. Brown also had plans to visit the Hammonds House, the Alonzo Herndon Home, APEX Museum, and Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. As Project Director, Ms. Brown’s Atlanta visit focused on meeting a deadline to determine if there were enough artifacts to fill a Black History museum. We all know the answer to that question now, don’t we?

A quick Google search reveals that Ms. Claudine K. Brown left the Smithsonian in the 1990s due to the institution’s failure to establish NMAAHC during that time, this shortcoming was influenced by political opposition from former U.S. Senator, the late James Helms, Jr. (NC).

Eventually, NMAAHC would open its doors to the public on September 24, 2016. Ms. Brown passed 5 months prior -March 27, 2016 (aged 67) 🕊

[source: news article on file at Kenan Research Center]

AMOCO’s 1963 American Travelers Guide to Negro Monuments

The “American Travelers Guide to Negro Monuments” was published by American Oil Company also known as AMOCO, in 1963. AMOCO described it as a “guide to historical sites… that are usually not mentioned in conventional guidebooks…not often included in ordinary textbooks… and [AMOCO’s] contribution to the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation”

Image 1: cover of American Travelers Guide to Negro Monuments

Image 2: Points of interest and portion of U.S. map

Image 3: page detailing Matthew Henson site in Maryland + Morgan State College’s (now Morgan State University) archival holdings of Henson, Benjamin Banneker, and Frederick Douglass artifacts

[source: Kenan Research Center]

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Announces “Walk-Up Weekdays” January & February

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Announces 
Walk-Up Weekdays in January and February

            The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced Walk-Up Weekdays in January and February. Individuals may enter the museum on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Friday for the months of January and February 2019. Timed-entry passes for individuals will only be required on Saturdays and Sundays. Walk-up entry on weekdays is a as part of a continuing pilot to provide visitors unfettered access to the museum.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m. ET, the museum will distribute advance timed-entry passes for Saturdays and Sundays Feb. 2 and 3, 9 and 10, 16 and 17 and 23 and 24. Walk-Up Weekdays will continue in February 2019 and timed passes will not be distributed for weekdays (Mondays–Fridays). Individuals may enter the museum on a first-come, first-served basis on weekdays in February. Same-day online and walk-up passes will not be available nor necessary on weekdays in February. Group passes are required every day for groups of 10 or more. Timed passes for January have already been distributed and will be required only on Saturdays and Sundays in January.

Timed passes for every day in November and December have already been distributed. The options for visitors are same-day online passes and walk-up passes that will be available most afternoons in November and December.

To access timed passes visit nmaahc.si.edu/passes or call 844-750-3012.

About the National Museum of African American History and Culture  

            The National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed more than 4.5 million visitors since opening Sept. 24, 2016, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument, the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. For more information about the museum, visit nmaahc.si.edu, follow @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat—or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.