Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Slave Cabin to be transported to museum in D.C.

An antebellum slave cabin from South Carolina is being transferred to the new African American museum in Washington D.C. The Edisto Island Historical Society have donated the two-room cabin, and it is a perfect opportunity to "humanise slavery, to personalize the life of the enslaved and frame this story as one that has shaped us all." The cabin is too fragile for visitors to enter it, but curators are working on an exhibit that will allow people to see it from three different levels. The cabin is currently situated on the site of an old cotton plantation that was abandoned during the Civil War; most of the enslaved people escaped to freedom.

As well as the cabin, highlights of the museum will include a Harriet Tubman's shawl, Nat Turner's bible and an aeroplane used by the Tuskegee Airmen. This sounds FANTASTIC.


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