“Visiting” the Smithsonian’s new Museum of African American History and Culture

coleMy friend, historian Emily Clark, posted this image of Johnnetta Cole’s Bennett College inauguration robe during her visit to the NMAAHC. I was moved because I was at Bennett College when I saw the post, getting ready to deliver the Founders’ Day address, marking Bennett’s 90th anniversary. I’m a booster for Bennett because my own grandfather, David Jones, was president there for 30 years, and because it is one of only two remaining HBCUs for women.

When Muster (the blog of the Journal of the Civil War Era) invited me to pen a review of the Museum, I jumped. You can read more about my virtual visit, the history of HBCUs told there, and why you should make the visit to Washington to see for yourself here.

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