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The Anacostia Community Museum’s indoor gallery will be closed March 2 through May 18 as we bring our next exhibition to life. Even though our gallery is closed, join us at any of the dynamic upcoming events planned during this time. More information about our events is available at: We look forward to seeing you soon!

Before freedom came: African American life in the antebellum South audiovisual records

Object Details

Anacostia Community Museum
Scope and Contents note
Audiovisual materials related to the exhibit "Before Freedom Came: African American Life in the Antebellum South," which explores the life styles of enslaved and free black people, their regional work patterns, struggles, and triumphs. This exhibition was developed for circulation by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service with the assistance of the Anacostia Museum of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of American History. It was adapted from an exhibition organized by the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. This collection contains audiovisual materials related to the Before Freedom Came exhibit, including video recordings of exhibit tours, docent training, and news coverage of the exhibit.
3 Video recordings (3 VHS 1/2" video recordings)
0.15 Linear feet
Archival materials
Video recordings
African Americans
Plantation life -- History
Museum exhibits
Southern States
Before freedom came: African American life in the antebellum South audiovisual records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
ACMA.03-032, Series ACMA AV03-032
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