And The Walls Came Tumblin’ Down

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



Comments  /  1

Watch Full Episodes >

The Final Wall View larger

The Final Wall

Museum Resources staff at workView larger

Museum Resources staff at work

Theresa Jenkins HilliardView larger

Theresa Jenkins Hilliard

After Emancipation, her Edisto Island ancestors, the Hutchinsons, were instrumental in helping newly freed people transition from slavery to free labor.

Kerry ShackelfordView larger

Kerry Shackelford

Owner, Museum Resources

Based in Williamsburg, he specializes in restoration and relocation of historic properties.

Mary ElliottView larger

Mary Elliott

Researcher, NMAAHC

Nancy BercawView larger

Nancy Bercaw

Curator, NMAAHC

Toni CarrierView larger

Toni Carrier

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.

Junior MeggetView larger

Junior Megget

Mr. Megget's aunt and uncle lived in this cabin. His family lived two cabins down.

Comments  /  1

Richard Arnold:  Please place my name on your list for additional information.

Saw the program on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Excellent program.

Thank you in advance for any additional information provide in reference to other museums.


posted on 04-25-2016

Leave a Comment


Email: (not displayed on site)


Notify me of follow-up comments?