The Griot Museum Of Black History In St. Louis

One of the most meaningful interpretive exhibits in St. Louis is the Griot’s full-scale model section of a slave transport ship. Within the cramped wooden space, it’s not hard to imagine how miserable the transatlantic journey must have been for Africans who were captured and forced on such ships for generations. Viewers can also experience an authentic slave cabin originally built in Jonesburg, Missouri.

The museum celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and founder Lois Conley is exactly the type of dedicated, resilient person celebrated in the November 2017 exhibition “Black Women Speak.” The Griot also makes use of life-size wax representations celebrating local African-Americans like musician Miles Davis and entertainer Josephine Baker.

As the museum’s mission is to represent all facets of Black history and culture, it also serves as a gallery for both traveling exhibits and local art installations. Topics range from wax prints in fashion to medical contributions by Blacks during the Civil War and the complexities of eminent domain.

The Griot Museum Of Black History
2505 St. Louis Ave.

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Photo credit: Carmen Troesser

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