After traveling all over the country, the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels made a stop at the Rogers Road Community Center in Chapel Hill for two days over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
The museum has been educating the public on African American history since Angela Jennings established Sankofa in 1995. "Sankofa" is a Ghanaian word meaning to “use the wisdom of the past to build the future."
Visitors to the museum found themselves surrounded by tables filled with pictures and inventions from people like African American journalist Ida B. Wells. The museum also featured artifacts from the time of slavery and the Civil Rights era — celebrating prominent figures like Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama.
“As Sankofa curator, Jennings has traveled throughout the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Africa and Europe to amass a collection of art collectibles, and memorabilia that rivals many traditional museums," according to the flyer for the museum.
Roger-Eubanks Neighborhood Association President Robert Campbell has lived in Chapel Hill for over 70 years and was a part of the decision to bring the museum to the Rogers Road Community Center.