Rapper/Entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle is part of a committee that includes California African American Museum director, Naima Keith. The committee is overseeing Destination Crenshaw a 1.3 mile open-air museum that will celebrate “Black Angelenos” – the contributions of African Americans in Los Angeles and throughout the nation
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.
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 🕊
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]