DuSable Museum, Trinity team up on program on slave trade, migration
BY MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA Staff Reporter February 2, 2014 9:34PM
The DuSable Museum | Sun-Times file photo
Updated: March 4, 2014 6:14AM
Ghana. Haiti. New Orleans. Chicago.
The transatlantic slave trade and black migration will be explored through a Black History Month program sponsored by the DuSable Museum of African American History, Trinity United Church of Christ and the Amistad Commission.
In the musuem’s first partnership with a church, programming at Trinity, 400 W. 95th St., will be offered every Sunday in February, supplemented by programming at DuSable, 740 E. 56th Pl., every Wednesday evening this month.
“MAAFA: Journey of Remembrance,” kicked off Sunday at Trinity — among the city’s largest congregations — focusing on Ghana and the beginnings of the slave trade. On Wednesday, DuSable will feature a documentary on Kwame Nkrumah, the Ghanaian leader who oversaw that nation’s independence from British colonization in 1957.
“Visitors will travel from the shores of Ghana to the slave plantations of the Caribbean, on to the slave ports of New Orleans, and conclude with the Great Migration north to Chicago,” DuSable spokesman Raymond Ward said. “Participants will gain spiritual, cultural and historical perspectives.”
MAAFA is a term used to describe the history and ongoing effects of slavery, colonialism and other atrocities inflicted upon African people.
On Feb. 9, 16 and 23, the themes of the Trinity programming will be Haiti, New Orleans and Chicago, respectively. On Feb. 12, 19 and 26, DuSable will offer programs focused on the Haitian Revolution; the land, people and culture of New Orleans; and “A History of Blacks in Chicago” panel discussion, respectively.
The joint project is funded by the Amistad Commission and partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the city Department of Cultural Affairs.
“This is a historic collaboration to sustain education about the religion of people of African descent as well as art, culture and history,” said the Rev. Joan Harrell of Trinity. For the whole month, the church sanctuary will be transformed into a replica of the Amistad slave ship, she said.