Celebrate Black History Month

Photo: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

Since its inception, in the spirit of Carter G. Woodson, Sapelo Square has commemorated Black History Month with daily Black Muslim History facts. This year, Sapelo Square is exploring the Muslim collection at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). During Black History Month, we will display a different object each day from the collection, showing how the objects help tell the rich histories of Muslims of African descent in the United States. The selected objects — some explicitly sacred and others quite mundane — show the many ways Muslims have been integral to the religious, political, and cultural lives of Black America, and underscore how much Black Muslim histories are part of a legacy shared by us all.

We want to thank NMAAHC’s staff, especially Deborah Tulani Salahu-Din, Doug Remley, and Fleur Paysour, for their assistance in making this celebration possible. We encourage you to visit NMAAHC online and in person when possible; like all Smithsonian museums, NMAAHC is closed due to the pandemic.

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