Cleveland Museum Exhibit Explores African & Native American History

Jun 24, 2015

Sam Rumschlag, Curator of Collections, stands beside one of the exhibit banners.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points is hosting a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.  Sam Rumschlag, the Museum Center's Curator of Collections, takes us on a tour of the exhibit, which will be on display until July 3rd.

From the exhibit Web site:

Within the fabric of American identity is woven a story that has long been invisible—the lives and experiences of people who share African American and Native American ancestry.

African and Native peoples came together in the Americas. Over centuries, African Americans and Native Americans created shared histories, communities, families, and ways of life. Prejudice, laws, and twists of history have often divided them from others, yet African-Native American people were united in the struggle against slavery and dispossession, and then for self-determination and freedom.

For African-Native Americans, their double heritage is truly indivisible.
 

The Museum Center has added local artifacts to the exhibit, such as this poem handwritten by an African slave who lived in the area in 1863:

The text of the poem: