If you remember, Dear Reader(s), that way back in June I had visited the Museum of the American Revolution and had written up a post about its presentation of slavery. I am, in general, supportive of the narrative they chose to tell, yet there were still gaping holes that left me, frankly, annoyed and did the general public a disservice, I thought.
Thus, as is my wont, I took myself to the local library and checked out a load of books on the subject to make myself smarter than the museum. The first (and shortest!) one I read was called The Origins of Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies by Betty Wood.
Nothing like a nice, leisurely Saturday afternoon…
Is there anything more fitting than visiting the Museum of the American Revolution (again) on Memorial Day? I certainly can’t think of anything, for without the people and events exhibited within, we wouldn’t even have a Memorial Day.
Tomb of the Unknown (RevWar) Soldier, Washington Square, Philadelphia. The Tomb’s inscription reads, “Beneath this stone rests a soldier of Washington’s army who died to give you liberty.”
This was my second trip to the MoAR, and I was determined to focus on content and not exhibit design. I would like to report that I was much more successful this time than last at staying on task, although I did still have an urgent and visceral need to touch every surface I passed.
[EDIT: So concerned am I that I sound ill-informed on this topic that I went to the library and got several books about slavery and the Revolutionary era. Stay tuned…]