The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum (AAHM) will host a grand opening for the exhibit The Middle Passage. The Middle Passage refers to the part of the slave trade where Africans were transported across the Atlantic to the West Indies under dire, crowded conditions. The exhibit includes a replica of a slave ship, with an interior atmosphere that imitates the cramped space of a slave ship, physical images representing slaves and an image of Mother Africa weeping and mourning over the capture of her children. It also includes narratives on the history of slavery and the Middle Passage in particular. This is a new type of exhibit for the AAHM because of its interactive, unique and innovative design. It will provide a visual, audio and sensory experience which is the first of its kind for the AAHM. The exhibit was designed and constructed by Jim Betts, an instructor at LLCC and retired scenic department head at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.  The exhibit is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Springfield South, LLCC, ALPLM and the Springfield Arts Council.

The Middle Passage
March 23, 5:30 p.m. Sat.
1440 Monument Ave.
Donations accepted

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