A Visit to the National Museum of African American History

Last week, the Class of 2025 visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of their continuing study of American history. 
In small groups, students made their way through the museum, examining historical artifacts, experiencing multimedia presentations, viewing protest artwork, and delving into the rich and diverse experiences of Black Americans. Upon returning to Friends, students reflected on their experience in writing and class discussion. One common theme in their reflections was that the artifacts and interactive exhibits in the museum brought African American history to life in a way that reading about history could not. Several students noted that the museum highlighted Black joy and diversity, in addition to the challenges and legacies of racism. Many students also expressed a desire for more time at the museum and we hope students will return to Washington, D.C. and continue to explore the museum in the months and years to come.
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