Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels
As a result of the realization that her honor student nephew knew little about the history of African Americans, South Carolina native Angela Jennings established SANKOFA in 1995. Now, a decade later, this museum on wheels is considered to be one of the foremost collections of African American history readily available in this country today.
As SANKOFA'S Curator, Jennings has traveled 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. The 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 presents stories and dramatizations about selected periods and historical figures to allow those in the audience to "experience" both the pain and pride of the history portrayed. Additionally, she is always anxious to respond to individual questions from those viewing the exhibit.
Spanning the period of 1860 to the present, SANKOFA takes audiences on a journey through slavery, the era of King Cotton, and the uplifting days of Emancipation. 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. One of the highlights of SANKOFA is its unique display of inventions by African Americans.
The Ghanaian term, SANKOFA, tells us to use the wisdom of the past to build the future. Angela Jennings and her African American Museum on Wheels epitomizes the meaning of the term by educating, enlightening, and empowering young and old alike with living history. SANKOFA is a must see!!
The African American Culture Exhibit
Spanning from 1860 – Present
Part I. Slavery (from the motherland into slavery)
Famous African Americans and their Contributions
King Cotton Museum
Part II. African American Stamps
Ida B. Wells and Lynching
The Negro League
Part III. Outstanding Celebrations of African Americans
Civil Rights Movement
Celebration of King’s Life
Africa (a taste of homeland)
Part IV. Beginning with Books (African American Books)
Part V. African American Inventions
Part VI. Kwanzaa