We are very pleased to share this article published on the American Alliance of Museums blog. It’s entitled By Any Means Necessary: Digital, Virtual, and Travelling African American and Civil Rights Exhibitions and was written by Charlene Blair, NMAAS Director.
It was such an honor to attend the 40th AAAM conference. To be surrounded by people that are so passionate and committed to keeping the legacies and histories of African Americans alive and well was so inspiring. As a newbie, I had an opportunity to attend some very informative sessions and just listen to the wealth of knowledge that has been attained over the years. I found the new developments in digital and virtual museums very interesting. Having a “Pop-up” exhibit where 75 people visit is just as necessary as institutions that have a physical space but have very few visitors all month. Finding ways to reach a broader audience is necessary.
Visiting Fort Monroe where the first Africans arrived and were enslaved was very moving and our tour guides really made the experience meaningful.
The Frederick Douglass plate won in the silent auction will be a nice addition for a tribute to him. The Hampton University Brass Band gave a rousing welcome to the campus.
It was a pleasure meeting a sorority sister, Dr Synatra Smith, from Prince George’s African American Museum and Jacqueline Dace who I met when we were both at the Missouri History Museum. She is now with the National Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati and on the AAAM Board of Directors.