I was interested in visiting this museum, in part because of the numerous positive reviews on Trip Advisor. And... it was interesting. A highly informed guide took us on a tour of the very well preserved White House. Another museum staffer carried a chair for a disabled visitor to sit on. He told us about the Davis family. I asked about the Davis servants. We saw where Jefferson Davis made his decisions; where the Davis family lived and slept. For every family member who lived in that house there was an equal number of servants, including slaves, but we didn't see anything of how they lived and worked. Then... the museum itself. Lots of artifacts depicting the life of Confederate soldiers and tracing the story of the war. Almost nothing on the issues that led to it. It felt as if slavery was "the elephant in the room", the topic that everyone was politely avoiding.
It appears that some time ago the Museum mounted an exhibition focusing on African American perspectives- what it was like, to be a slave at this time. The exhibition elicited a lot of controversy, for and against, including threats to the funding sources of the museum itself. A museum can't function if it isn't funded. So their hands are tied - like those of the slaves they fail to represent.
I came away from my visit feeling sad, that an institution committed to depicting such an important part of America's history seems unwilling or unable to honestly confront America's racist past. Because if historians can't tell it like it really was, who can?
Footnote: straight after my visit I walked up to a bookstore and asked a helpful attendant where I could find the African American History Museum. "Why don't you try the Holocaust Museum instead?" she replied. "I had no idea, before I went, how much the Jewish people suffered... we can't let that happen again."
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