APEX Museum

This year, I plan on going on more “adventures.” This can be big adventures, small adventures, adventures in Atlanta or adventures anywhere else that I may go. I just want to get out more with my camera and capture EVERYTHING!!!

So, I went on an adventure yesterday to the APEX Museum here in Atlanta, Georgia. In the organization’s own words, the mission of the museum is: “To accurately interpret and present history from an African American perspective in order to help all Americans and international visitors better understand and appreciate the contributions of African Americans to America and the world” {Apex Museum, 2012}. And so on exhibit was “AFRICA – The Untold Story”, which included maps; facts about Africa; mannequins that represented the slaves in the slave trade; inventions by Black people – that many people do not even know about and a short film. I am so glad that I went to the APEX Museum because I feel that I can never know too much or everything there is to know about Black History.

This is what I captured…


This exhibit represents “The White Lion”, which was the slave trading vessel used to ship the slaves.

Slaves were often beaten in a merciless manner, as shown in the photo on the left – the “welts” on the mannequins back…


Below is what a slave auction looked like. The names, ages and the “values” of the slaves were listed on the big signs. The husband is shackled and also wearing a slave auction tag. Sadly, many families were torn apart by slavery as husbands were often sold to one family and the mother and children were sold to another family.

This mannequin below represents Henry “Box” Brown, who lived as a slave for 33 years in Virginia. When his wife and children were taken away from and sold to a family in North Carolina, Henry decided to escape. This 5-foot-8-inch, 200 pound man squeezed into a 3 feet long, 2 feet wide and 2.6 feet deep wooden box with holes for air and traveled 27 hours to freedom in Philadelphia {Historynet.com, 2011}.

Moses Ames was the first Black certified pharmacist in Atlanta and below is a replica of his drug store, Yates & Milton.

And below are some inventions by Black people, which many never received the credit for…

APEX Museum. (2012). Retrieved January 26, 2012, from http://apexmuseum.org/web/.

Weider History Network: History.net. (2011). Retrieved January 26, 2012, from http://www.historynet.com/henry-box-brown-a-slave-signed-sealed-and-delivered.htm.

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