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Why do we have a Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. but no national monument for the victims of slavery and genocide in this country (US)?

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updated 11 months ago

Well, as you might know, there was a proposal to open The National Slave Memorial to honor the victims of slavery in the US. It was submitted during a 2003 Congressional session. This project was unfortunately declined. But instead, Congress supported the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was opened in 2016 in Washington D.C. It has close to 37,000 objects in its collection related to such subjects as community, family, the visual and performing arts, religion, civil rights, slavery, and segregation. Comparing to the Holocaust Museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has much more to offer for visitors. African Americans are not shown as victims only, but as a great culture, tradition, and community, that is incredibly interesting to learn about. Being enslaved is not the only history they had. It is a part of their history, and it is also represented in the museum. Still, completing the image of the community with other significant parts of their life is essential. It is a way to get more understanding; it is a way to apologize AND to admire the culture. Holocaust wasn’t a part of American history; it was world’s history each nation should remember. Thus there is a museum for that. Still, African Americans deserve more attention in the US than a memorial. We should know those people’s culture to tolerate and understand them.

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