Memorial Service For Aretha Franklin Will Be Held At Detroit’s Pioneering, African American Museum

A public memorial and viewing for Detroit native and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28, 2018. Formally known as the International Afro-American Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum is one of the first black museums established in the U.S. … More Memorial Service For Aretha Franklin Will Be Held At Detroit’s Pioneering, African American Museum

Alfred Jackson, Slave Turned “Tour Guide”

Meet Mr. Alfred Jackson. Having lived his life as an enslaved person at Andrew Jackson’s the Hermitage, he became a “tour guide” when the Ladies’ Hermitage Association turned the home into a historic site in 1889. Historian W. Fitzhugh Brundage, author of “The Southern Past” expressed “we can only wonder [how] Alfred’s position—an aged former … More Alfred Jackson, Slave Turned “Tour Guide”

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery “One Year: 1968 An American Odyssey”

Photos: Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC) In 1962 The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery was established by an act of Congress as a “free public museum…depicting men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development and culture…of the United States.” The Portrait Gallery opened to the public in 1968. … More Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery “One Year: 1968 An American Odyssey”

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center (part 1 of 2)

Follow us on Instagram: @VisitBlackHistory Photo by Sophia V. Nelson/The Merging Lanes Project Meet Mary Dennard-Turner, part of the Maryland Park Service staff at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center located in Church Creek (Dorchester County) Maryland. An area native. For several years she has been an active member of the local heritage preservation … More Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center (part 1 of 2)

Exhibit “Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-Ins” – National Museum of American History

Follow Instagram: @TheMergingLanesProjects “The Cutting Edge of Public History: New Directions in Interpretation” Conference got its start at the National Museum of American History. Pictured is an exhibit, commemorating the Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-Ins. In photograph 2, you may notice that the mirror which also doubles as a media player, captures the reflection of the … More Exhibit “Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-Ins” – National Museum of American History