Scholars & Scones: Exploring the Radical Tradition of African American Museums
The recent opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C., has sparked a national conversation about African American history, artifacts, and culture. While the opening of this museum comes at a crucial time in American history, countless smaller African American neighborhood museums and historical societies have paved the way for its debut. In her talk, Dr. Burns will make connections between the BRAHM exhibition A Town within a Town: History of the Junaluska Community and the NMAAHC, and she will explore the radical tradition established by small African American museums throughout the twentieth century.
Dr. Burns’ book, From Storefront to Monument, will be available for purchase at BRAHM’s front desk, and Dr. Burns will be available to sign the books.
Bio: Andrea Burns is an associate professor in the Department of History at Appalachian State University. She specializes in teaching public history, with a focus in museum studies. Burns received her B.A. in History from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Her book, From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement, was published in 2013 by the University of Massachusetts Press, as part of their “Public History in Historical Perspective” series. It received the Best Book Award from the National Council on Public History in 2015.