Second trip to African-American Museum as rewarding as the first

Written by a Broadmead Resident

"We think we understand the events we've lived through. We have much more to learn," said one Broadmead resident. The return trip to the Smithsonian's Museum of African American History and Culture, following one last spring, did not disappoint.

Residents called the architecture of the building "spectacular," inside and out. In the vastness of the museum, the party dispersed to use escalators or elevators to any of six floors full of history.

After taking a glass elevator to the lowest floor, one finds exhibits pertaining to previous centuries, tracing African-Amercian history in the United States from the slave trade through Emancipation. Groups of students, as well as a class of recruits from the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, trailed along with teachers and docents as they took in the displays.

Lunch was enjoyed at the Sweet Home Café (a food court featuring regional menus), followed by browsing in the gift shop that offers a wide range of books by Black authors and subjects relevant to African-American life, history, and culture, as well as arts and crafts by African-Americans.

Elsewhere in the museum, residents discovered the music, art, and culture many remember personally. They were also educated regarding events and subjects they had not learned in school.

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