Joliet Central’s Black Student Union visits DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago
May 25, 2017 09:15 AM
On Friday, April 21st, Joliet Central High School’s Black Student Union, sponsored by Joliet Central teachers Ernest Crim and Rodney Coatney, enjoyed visiting the DuSable Museum of African American History, located in the historic Hyde Park area of Chicago at 740 East 56th Place in the Washington Park neighborhood.
The DuSable Museum is named after Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, a Haitian of African and French descent, who in 1779 established the trading post and permanent settlement which would become known as Chicago. Chicago has a strong legacy and is rich in African-American history.
The mission of the DuSable Museum is to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art.
This was no ordinary museum visit for the students. Teacher Ernest Crim said, “What stood out to me the most was the solemn look on the students’ faces when they walked through the Middle Passage and slavery exhibit on the lower level. For them to actually see the size of the compartments their ancestors were forced into on the slave ships and the actual shackles and punishment collars they were placed in, caused some of them to get emotional.”
This was a unique and valuable opportunity for the students to learn about African American history, culture and art through interactive and engaging exhibits.