GREAT MUSEUMS is at work documenting the creation of the last museum to be built on our National Mall. Construction of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (SNMAAHC) began in 2012. The new museum is scheduled to open in 2015.
A central exhibit in the museum will be a 19th century slave cabin from Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, South Carolina. The cabin was donated to the museum by the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society.
In May 2013, GREAT MUSEUMS traveled to Edisto Island to document the physical acquisition of the slave cabin. The cabin was taken down board by board, catalogued and numbered, stacked, wrapped and loaded onto a flatbed trailer. The singing began as everyone present participated in the dismantling of the last wall.
Click to learn more the building of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Point of Pines Slave Cabin project.
Read about Oprah Winfrey’s support of the museum here in The New York Times
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The Final Wall
SNMAAHC Curator Nancy Bercaw and Researcher Mary Elliott prepare to remove a hand-hewn stud from the cabin's last wall.
Theresa Jenkins Hilliard
After Emancipation, her Edisto Island ancestors, the Hutchinsons, were instrumental in helping newly freed people transition from slavery to free labor.
Owner, Museum Resources
Based in Williamsburg, he specializes in restoration and relocation of historic properties.
Director, Low Country Africana
Based in Charleston, LCA is dedicated to researching genealogy of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of the Low Country.