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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!

Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas

February 3, 2003 – August 31, 2003
Anacostia Community Museum1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, DC
Main Gallery

The story of the slave trade is told from a maritime perspective through more than 200 objects and images divided into four sections: Departure, Middle Passage, Arrival, and Legacy. Items include historic maps, branding irons and shackles, a Kuba hat, an 1852 color-printed handbill offering a $2,500 award for a runaway slave, a one-of-a kind scale model of the slave schooner Dos Amigos by award-winning ship model builder Joseph McCleary, poems by the young enslaved African Phyllis Wheatley, and an almanac by Benjamin Banneker, free son of a former slave.

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