Being a city so embodied by political history and monuments, it brought a lot of joy to see a museum dedicate to African American history brought to the DMV. To think that I figured that the MLK monument would be the last piece of black history to be enshrined as a monument, the Smithsonian Institute decided to erect an entire museum dedicated to the culture.
If there was one museum to add to your bucket list this would be it. Smithsonian institutes are known for displays of actual artifacts ranging from an assortment of times in history that were collected and donated to the institute by historians, scholars, researchers, etc. But being that African American history is so deeply rooted, ranging from eras such as slavery civil rights, movements such as the black panthers party, and even pop culture icons, it was empowering to see such simple artifacts and pieces that tell so much history of my people. The displays ranged from shackles used during slavery to music memorabilia owned by groups such as public enemy. They even had Rock and Roll icon Chuck Berrys candy red Cadillac El dorado sitting on display in all of its glory.
But by far the display that stood out to me was a casket. The casket, which I was not allowed to take any portraits or social media of due to his families request, was the original casket of Emmett Till. The dreary sight sat in an enclosed dimly lit room served a sheer reminder and was a symbol of the museums purpose, to remind us of how far we came and to embrace how far we are going.