If you wanted to see black culture in a dedicated space, you would usually make plans to head for Washington, USA. There, a large museum dedicated to black culture stands and has been offering intrigue and historical information for many years. With the western standpoint, and a history of slavery, the perspectives offered by the Washington site perhaps take these emotional relevancies into account when portraying the information. Extra care is bound to be taken to spell out the lessons learned and the progress that has been made when considering relations between black and white culture.
Putting another museum of substantial depth in Senegal is a genius move. Because of the opposite side of the story, which is based in Africa after-all, and the effects of colonisation, slavery, and oppression will have had far reaching and varied effects which can best be described from the other side. The emotional relevancies found within Senegal will have different polarities to those in Washington. Offering a stereoscope of culture meaning and progress will no-doubt enrich the world's understanding of this cultural bridge.
It has been 52 years since the first plans were laid out for this monumental architectural project. The building has room for 18,000 exhibits spread out over 14,000 square meters of floorspace. I am certain that when laid out, the works will tell a grand and epic story of the black civilisation, how it has branched, grown, and spread out all over the world. As well as historical masterpieces and iconic artefacts, the museum will boast an entire section named Africa Now. This smart addition to black culture highlights everything modern and contemporary coming out of the talent scene.
Senegal was once a French colony. After much political turmoil, which was violent at times, Senegal achieved independence from France in 1960. Since this time, a lot of work has been done to locate and return many cultural items such as works of art. Some of these have indeed been returned and will take pride of place in the national museum of their birth. British and French museums would find many items that originated in black culture and had dubious transferral of ownership. Every item that was stolen, smuggled, pillaged, or otherwise taken without consent eventually must end up in the hands of those who made them. Although no-one alive is responsible for the oppression of black culture, we are responsible for putting wrongs to right. Needless to say, obtaining Senegalese art in the proper way, such as buying from sellers on eBay, is everything right about loving black culture.
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