American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center Presents The Bridge that Carried Us Over

By Editorial Team on June 7, 2022

Sat, 11 June 2022 - Sun, 07 August 2022

Macedonia Baptist Church, 5119 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland, November 29, 2019. Photo by Gail Rebhan.
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11 from 6pm to 9pm

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The Bridge that Carried Us Over explores the mechanisms by which the transfer of intergenerational wealth, land, and historical memory have been denied to the African diaspora in the United States. It offers an in-depth look at the historic Black River Road community, which thrived two miles from the American University Museum from emancipation through its violent displacement in the mid-twentieth century. The exhibition combines archival images and research with community heirlooms, firsthand oral histories, and funerary objects rescued from the Moses African Cemetery. The exhibition aims to elucidate one instance of the systemic structural denial of communal wealth (in all its forms) to Black people in the United States, and to provide concrete, place-based and community-led proposals for reparations.

The exhibit is a follow up to an exhibit in 2019 about the community and its history, Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley, which offered “a space of learning and meditation that highlights the Black history of Montgomery County and western Washington, D.C., and [paid] homage to the communities who championed fights against racial discrimination through faith, family and fellowship.” Presented by the AU Museum Project Space.