Why America Needs a Slavery Museum

Why America Needs a Slavery Museum

Aug 25, 2015 | 35 videos

Video by The Atlantic

The Whitney Plantation near Wallace, Louisiana, is the first and only U.S. museum and memorial to slavery. While other museums may include slavery in their exhibits, the Whitney Plantation is the first of its kind to focus primarily on the institution. John Cummings, a 78-year-old white southerner, has spent 16 years and more than $8 million of his own fortune to build the project, which opened in December of last year.

 

Cummings, a successful trial attorney, developed the museum with the help of his full-time director of research, Ibrahima Seck. The duo hope to educate people on the realities of slavery in its time and its impact in the United States today. “The history of this country is rooted in slavery,” says Seck. “If you don’t understand the source of the problem, how can you solve it?”

Author: Paul Rosenfeld

PS:
The post of this video that Ioriginally saw in Facebook got mysteriously erased, as I was viewing it! I had to search through Google to re-find your documentary.
Just thought you’d be interested in knowing this.
Thanks for creating the museum/memorial & for sharing ❤

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/402172/the-only-american-museum-about-slavery/

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I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and a dramatized poem.
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