I knew Atlanta, GA had a deep history with black history and the Civil Rights Movement. There’s various Martin Luther King, Jr. monuments and museum, and you can even visit the church he was the co-pastor. But after traveling to the Sweet Auburn Music Fest in late 2019, I came across the APEX Museum. This is a museum all about black history yet I didn’t know about it. So I made the trek to visit it and this is my review.
What Is The APEX Museum
The APEX Museum is a black history museum located in Downtown Atlanta, specifically the Sweet Auburn District. The quote below is their mission statement:
The mission of the APEX Museum is to interpret and present history from an African American perspective to help all Americans and international visitors better understand and appreciate the contributions of African Americans to America and the world.
I visited the museum on February 15, a Saturday, in the early afternoon. Hence, the museum was busy and crowded. However, the staff made sure to keep the flow of patrons steady, meaning people wouldn’t bunch up in area, causing bottlenecks.
Overall, the number of exhibits the museum has and the quality of each exhibit highly impresses me. Starting the tour, I reviewed the timeline of black people going back to the B.C. period in Africa.
From there, I viewed a replica of a slave ship filled with slaves (mannequins). An electronic slideshow of facts loops as I looked upon how the slaves had to live and sleep on the ship. Very claustrophobic and very dirty.
Local Black Businesses
However, separating the APEX museum from other black history museum I’ve been to is the dedication to local black individuals. There were several in Atlanta I didn’t know about. I learned about them from these placards placed around the tour:
After that, I viewed an expertly recreated Yates & Milton Drug Store, the first in a chain of black-owned drug stores:
Afterwards, I watched two 10 minutes films the museum produced:
- The Journey (produced in 1996)
- Narrated by Ossie Davis
- Covered life in Africa, and the various kings and queens ruling the various countries.
- From there, the movie showed how the Europeans came to the West Coast of Africa to kidnap Africans for the Slave Trade.
- The movie covered the various inventions blacks developed in America in the 1800s.
- Finally, the movie ended covering the Civil Rights Movement and the election of Barack Obama.
- Sweet Auburn: Street of Pride (produced in 1987)
- Narrated by Cicley Tyson and Julian Bond
- This movie discussed the Sweet Auburn street in Atlanta, which is home to various black businesses in black prosperity.
I ended my tour of the APEX Museum by reviewing the hall of black inventors and the women of STEM.
The APEX Museum is an excellent music dedicated to not only black history but also black Atlanta’s history. I took many more pictures than the ones featured in this article. You can view them here.
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