The Smithsonian’s African American History Museum has gone digital

The Smithsonian's African American History Museum has gone digital

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  • The History Elevator transports visitors back in time from the present to the early 1400s through images accompanied by the powerful words of Maya Angelou. Slave Ships of the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers first-person accounts of the slave trade as well as information about the 40,000 slave ships that crossed the Atlantic Ocean. The Domestic Slave Trade features excerpts from bills of sale and slave auction broadsides, highlighting the names of enslaved people. The Paradox of Liberty depicts Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, surrounded by the names of the 609 people he enslaved over his lifetime. The digital version of the exhibition expands on the physical one. It offers videos, audio podcasts and a newly-created digital collection. And it allows users to dive deeper into areas of interest via links to related online content and educational resources.

  • The museum experience is available on your laptop or smartphone at the click of a button. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since its debut in 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed millions of visitors. With the touch of a button, millions more people can now visit. The Searchable Museum, the museum’s newest digital endeavour, was inaugurated on November 18th. The museum’s digital platform aims to capture and share the museum’s in-house experience with anyone, wherever who has access to a laptop, smartphone, or other digital device. “This continuous endeavour allows Americans to better understand our shared history by bringing the distinctive museum experience to them.”

“Allowing the public to virtually revisit the originating struggle for American freedom in the ‘Slavery and Freedom’ exhibition reminds us of the centrality of the African American journey to the American experience — a story of triumph, resilience and joy over the centuries,” Young said. “With this launch, we look forward to continuing the museum’s digital outreach and efforts. By marshaling the latest technology and harnessing the scholarly and educational experience of the museum’s teams, the Searchable Museum tells the complex story of our nation’s history in ways only the National Museum of African American History and Culture can.” Michelle Obama donating copies of her memoir to Maryland universities | It’s A DC Thing. The website is free and does not require registration or sign-up to use. You can access it here, www.SearchableMuseum.com.

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