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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!

Forgotten Roots: African American Muslims in Early America

July 11, 2005 – October 16, 2005
Anacostia Community Museum1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, DC
Main Gallery

Through a range of artifacts, diaries, documents, and photographs, this exhibition shows how newly transported African Muslims played significant roles as explorers, entrepreneurs, educators, and patriotic servicemen in America during the 18th and 19th centuries. It also presents vignettes of figures—enslaved and free—known for their passion for freedom, their pioneering spirit, and their steadfast faith.

This exhibition is the first phase of the Anacostia Museum's multi-year initiative to document family and community life among African American Muslims.

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