thinking about history and more DC sight-seeing
so i know it seems a bit ridiculous to be sharing posts from my DC trip that happened last October, but there was just so much to see and learn, and with this month being Black History month, sharing this one felt appropriate.
quick warning: i may be biting off more than i can chew talking about something like this but i am going to try my best :)
the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in 2016 and being one of the more modern museums on the National Mall, it’s absolutely breathtaking. it’s a few stories tall and packed floor to ceiling with thousands of artifacts, quotes, and other pieces of history. we were there for a few hours, but i have a feeling you can go a few times and still never see it all.
some of the things that stick out in my mind are seeing Emmett Till’s casket and Nat Turner’s Bible - both left me actually speechless and you can’t help but feel shocked and ashamed at the ugliness of this part of our nation’s history.
when you’re in DC, you walk around and in and out of museums, and you see tons of things from centuries and centuries ago, things from our very first President or wars that were fought decades before i was even born, but seeing how recently dated pieces in the museum were is just.. there are honestly no words. and we are still dealing with inequality on this level. it’s so unsettling. inequality on any level is just so wrong.
of course there were other things like seeing all of the sports champions’ uniforms and trophies, and medals of honor, and all of the accomplishments were amazing to see.
but it’s also bittersweet when its around such injustice. out of all of the museums we went to in DC, this one definitely had the most somber tone - you could tell people were really taking in everything, and thinking about it, too. but i still have to say: we have to do better. we must do better.
i know the next few photos will seem a bit random or out of place because they were taken at Mt. Vernon, not the museum, but while we were there, we learned that George Washington released his slaves once he died (it was in his will). it was the first time i had learned that he had these deeper reservations about slavery; to think he believed slavery needed to end for the nation to survive was just.. wow. imagine how different things would have been had he freed them while he was still alive..
also worth noting: his wife did not make the same choice to free her slaves.
on a lighter note.. will i ever stop being obsessed with squirrels? never.
and if you follow me on instagram, you know i was recently very worried about how squirrels (and bunnies) survive and stay ok when there are major thunderstorms 😢
also! if you visit Mount Vernon:
don’t eat in the food court! go to the inn which is right next door. the prices are super reasonable and the food is amazing (not to mention it’s a lot quieter - there are usually a lot of field trips going on).
don’t skip the interactive centers! they may seem geared towards children at first but there’s a lot of content and education there, especially the videos. and you can see George Washington’s teeth! which just… 😳
thank you for reading and what do you think about all of this? x