Interpreting Black Confederates at Atlanta History Center
On Friday I visited the Atlanta History Center as part of the annual meeting of the National Council for History Education. I’ve gone through their Civil War exhibit before and overall I think it is pretty good.
This time through I took a photograph of a small panel on Confederate camp slaves. Many of you have seen this image before. Apologies for the glare.
It is a very concise description of the relationship between master and slave, but overall I think it is accurate. Keep in mind that this exhibit dates to 1996. What do you think?
I also want to give a shout out to the Atlanta History Center for a wonderful first-person performance about the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906. It features an African-American newspaper boy who not only describes the event, but reflects on the stories (many distorted) that were published in the white newspapers as well as those stories that were intentionally ignored.
The performance is entertaining, informative and suitable for both children and adults. The Atlanta History Center should be commended for taking on this difficult history.