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The exhibition - Out of Africa: From West African Kingdoms to Colonization - explores early African civilizations, the slave trade, the abolitionist movement and the founding of the first African republic, Liberia. Maps, graphics, and tapes depict the ancient kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, Songhei, Kanem-Bornu and the Hausa States. Headdresses, masks, housepots, gold weights, taped music and musical instruments and door panels represent the cultures of Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The journey into slavery is told in a diary of a ship's doctor, the account book of a slave trader and letters of a young passenger. Slave revolts are treated in documents, photographs and portraits. Photographs, books and other publications are included in a section on the Abolitionist movement. Additional documents and photographs tell the story of those who chose to return to Africa. The exibition was organized by the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum and held there from February 1979 - February 1980. Curated by Louise Daniel Hutchinson.
Young boy recites story about life on a slave ship. Narrator speaks of the slave forts and castles, built by Europeans, along the coast of Africa during slave trade period; and their role in the transatlantic slave trade. He states the slave forts and castles, in Ghana and elsewhere, are being used as cultural centers, museums, and research laboratories today. He explains the Gambians and Alex Haley hope to turn James Island, where ancestors of Kunta Kinte Alex Haley lived, into a memorial to the ancestors.
Narration. Part of Out of Africa: From West African Kingdoms to Colonization Audiovisual Records. AV003363 and AV003380: same content. Transcribed from AV003363: Ron Coleman, Leonard Jeffreys. Transcribed from AV003380: Ron Hughes, Leonard Jeffreys. AV003499: slave forts and castles narration from 000504 - 001504 and 001711 - 002720 [also on recording: Narration about West African Slave Trade and Evolution of a Community Part III: Crime, Unemployment, Education]. Undated.
Out of Africa Narration, Exhibition Records AV03-031, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution