African American History and the Library of Congress

Day 4, May 10, 2017

By Morgan Price ’17

Today was really fun! We started the day off with a nice group breakfast around the table in the kitchen talking about the day and discussing where we were going to go. At around 10:30, we got on the Metro and went down to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. A big thank you to Todd Willens ’89 who helped us get some congressional passes – otherwise it would have been very difficult for us to get in, as it is such a popular Smithsonian Institution (it’s the 19th and newest one). We saw some pretty amazing things, including full exhibits on African American contributions to music, art, sports, and overall American culture. The lower levels were focused on the beginnings of slavery, the era of segregation, and 1968 and beyond. We were here until about 2:30. We had lunch in the café that included a menu that reflected traditional African American food.  It was so interesting.

After the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Sophia, Clare, Alli, Morgan, and Mr. P went to the Library of Congress (one of the largest in the world) to do research on our PBL topic. The librarians were very helpful and directed us to where we needed to do our research. The inside is like a museum itself with 60-foot ceilings. Maria and Mrs. P stayed at the African American Museum so that Maria could work on her project. We stayed at the Library for a while until about 4:30 p.m, and then we decided to go back to the house and get ready to go to the Washington Nationals baseball game.

At around 6 p.m. we got on the Metro and made our way to Nationals Park to watch the Nationals take on the Orioles. It was a really good game, but in the 9th inning the Orioles fell to the Nationals. It was a really fun game, and a really good way to end the night. Special thank you to Tom Price, my dad, a BA alum ‘89, for the tickets!

Overall, it was a great day. We can’t believe that our trip is almost over! A huge thank you to everyone who has been following our trip so far and has been showing us support!

 

 

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