“Unspoken Truths,” an exhibit exploring and honoring the history of African Americans, is coming to Seattle 1-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Union Station – 401 South Jackson St., Seattle. King County Metro and Sound Transit are hosting the exhibit as the agencies’ recognize Black History Month.
Hosting this event is important, said Anita Whitfield, King County Metro’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager. We have to understand the past – the true history, which has often been untold – in order to understand its impact on the present and our shared future. It also is important that we recognize the important role black people have played in our society historically and the role they continue to play, she said.
The exhibit chronicles the history of Africans prior to slavery, the experiences and impact of slavery, and contributions African Americans have had on scientific, cultural and technological innovations in the United States.
The event is part of the American History Traveling Museum and will be on display in the Joni Earl Great Hall. Created by Delbert Richardson, the museum chronicles the rich history of Africans in Africa prior to American chattel slavery, the experiences and impact of slavery, the Jim Crow era, and the many contributions African Americans have had on scientific, cultural and technological innovations in the U.S. and the world.
King County Metro General Manager Rob Gannon and Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff are scheduled to introduce the exhibit with remarks at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit also will feature a one-hour Unspoken Truths Workshop at 4 p.m. that will provide an in-depth look at the museum and the importance of cultural competence.