Sights & Sounds Black Cultural Expo Museum

I just received my purchased copy of “From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement” when I was able to secure an interview with Mr. James C. Horton. In an outtake Horton shared that he doesn’t consider himself part of the museum community. Although I have yet to come across any record showing that this same sentiment was shared by founders of spaces such as the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art or the Studio Museum in Harlem, I have been able to establish one major connection. Each viewed their institution as a…

space in which to display a few artifacts, together with a deep rooted conviction about the vital importance of exhibiting and interpreting the hidden stories of African American-and American-history. -Andrea A. Burns.

Interview highlights:

  • Horton shares why and how he conceived of the museum space
  • Horton shares how his battle with dyslexia activated his life as a collector
  • Horton reflects on a special visitor – a “white Caucasian male” who bore a Confederate flag commemorative pin on his fitted cap. The interaction between the two demonstrates the necessary discourse that can take place in museum settings.

Sights & Sounds Black Cultural Expo Museum:

2050 Lawrenceville Hwy Decatur GA 30033


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