On Monday, juniors in one section of U.S. History visited the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall. The visit was a chance for the students to place individual events of American history into greater context, with movies, maps, photographs, and other items helping the past come to life once more.
The girls’ tour began with a visit to the “Sweet Home Café,” where they sampled gumbo, fried chicken, cornbread, and macaroni-and-cheese. From there, it was on to the “Community” floor of the Museum. Exhibits included a look at African Americans in the military since the Revolutionary War, including “Buffalo soldiers” of the 19th century and African-American female WAVE officers of World War II. A nearby exhibit depicted African-American communities, ranging from “free black” towns in the South to inner-city neighborhoods in Northern cities. A final exhibit showed the effect of sports and, of course, educational institutions on African Americans’ historical progress.
Martha Gamy '18 said that the visit “allowed us to understand more deeply what we had learned in class. The museum was fascinating.”
Hannah Shea ’18 noted how delicious the food was. Visitation's own Tala Hairston DiPasquale '02 is a Sous Chef at the museum's signature restaurant, which was recently nominated for a James Beard Award. Please look more information on her and other alumnae in the next alumnae magazine, due out by April.