Limestone Hosts African-American Museum-on-Wheels
Sankofa
Patrons enjoy the Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels

In celebration of Black History Month, Limestone College hosted the Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels.

The exhibit of artifacts of rich African-American history was on display in the Stephenson Banquet Room February 11. The event, which was free and open to the public, attracted a host of visitors from the campus and community.



The exhibit is considered to be one of the foremost collections of African-American history readily available in the United States, and has been shown to audiences throughout the United States and other parts of the globe including much of Europe and Africa. Angela Jennings, a native of South Carolina, established the museum on wheels in 1995 after realizing that her honor student nephew knew very little about the history of African-Americans. She set out, traveling throughout the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Africa, and Europe to amass a collection of art collectibles and memorabilia that rivals many traditional museums. Nearly twenty years later, the Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels exhibit is a testament to the vast contributions that African-Americans have made to this country and to the world.

As a part of the exhibit, Jennings presented stories and dramatizations pertaining to specific periods and historical figures, allowing the audience to "experience" both the pain and pride of the history portrayed.

Spanning the period of 1860 to the present, Sankofa takes its audience on a journey through slavery, the era of King Cotton, and the uplifting days of Emancipation. One of the many highlights of the museum on wheels is its unique display of inventions by African-Americans. It also tells the stories of such notables as Ida B. Wells, the Negro Baseball League, the Tuskegee Airmen, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.