I finally made it to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.
It is a massive structure and has a rather unusual shape.
I wondered about the unique shape until I learned where the architects found their inspiration.
According to the museum’s official guide, which I purchased in the gift shop, they were inspired by Olowe of Ise,* a Yoruba sculptor of the early 1900s, and by images or people lifting their arms to the sky in praise or jubilation.
The museum is loaded with history from the 1400s to the 21st century.
Whether you’re a music lover, sports lover, old TV shows lover, or just a history lover—there is something for you.
It’s hard to say what exhibit, collection or gallery was my favorite. However, I can say that the Emmett Till exhibit, which includes the original casket that he was buried in, moved me the most. After all these years and knowing the story–when you view that exhibit, you can feel the pain that he, and his mother, needlessly suffered.
If you find yourself in the DC area, this museum is a must see. Actually, it’s a really good reason to visit DC.
*Active during the first quarter of this century in the small town of Ise in southwestern Nigeria, Olowe is considered by many Western art historians to be the most important Yoruba artist of the 20th century. His unique style and remarkable technical skill commanded the attention of Yoruba kings, who commissioned him to sculpt doors and other objects for their palaces. (Source: Smithsonian Magazine)