FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2004
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Traveling exhibit to stop at MUW March 16, documents slave trade
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Interested individuals will gain insight into the
horrors of slave trade when “The Middle Passage 101 Tour” stops at
Mississippi University for Women Tuesday, March 16.
The exhibit, a part of The Sankofa Museum, examines the enslavement
process of millions of Africans, according to a press release from the
Black Inventions Exhibit based in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The middle passage was described as a three-month voyage of captured
Africans, whose task was to build the new world.
The Sankofa Museum is a private collection of historic and rare
artifacts such as leg irons and shackles, “legal” documents of
enslavement, newspapers with runaway slave ads and original pictures,
prints and documents from the privately owned Gene Alexander Peters
The museum was founded in Western Massachusetts. After two years of
presenting locally, the founder saw it important to create traveling
exhibits. Its mission is to document, educate, empower and enlighten
through the combined use of lecture and museum-quality artifact
In the release, exhibit curator James Ince, said, “We must look to our
past in order to chart our future. Our young people must know their
history, so they do not repeat ills of it. The truth will empower and
motivate them to do better.”
The display, which is being sponsored by the MUW Office of Diversity
Education and Programs, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the
Hogarth Student Center W Room.
For more information about “The Middle Passage 101 Tour,”please call
1-718-455-1564 or email