Powerful images on display at Frazier Museum's 'Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade'

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by WHAS11/News Release

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 10:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) -- On Saturday, the Frazier Museum launched  a new 4,000 sq. ft. exhibition dedicated to educating visitors about the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

According to the Frazier Museum, the exhibit titled "Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade" explores the power of the human spirit through a display of nearly 150 historical objects covering more than 350 years.

It's the first exhibition of its kind to examine the entire history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade from the 16th through 19th centuries, while also presenting the most up-to-date research and discoveries to the public.

Produced by the Frazier Museum in partnership with the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West,
Fla., "Spirits of the Passage" allows guests to see authentic artifacts from the wreck of an actual slave ship, such as restraints, tools, plates and trade goods, as well as dozens of other objects from West African societies that show the uniqueness of the individual cultures they represent. These include religious objects, bronze- and beadwork, pottery and jewelry. These compelling artifacts, along with maps, paintings and illustrations, create a provocative picture of this tragic era, while also engendering a sense of pride in the legacy of strength these enslaved people left behind.

"Spirits of the Passage" is included in regular museum admission. Adult admission (15 and older) is $10.50, children (ages 5-14) are $6 and discounts are available for military, seniors and groups of 20 or more. Museum members, teachers and children 4 and under get in free.

During the month of February only, the Frazier Museum is participating in Museum Row on Main's "$5 February" promotion, where residents of Kentucky and Indiana can receive $5 admission just by showing their ID or other proof of residency.

The Frazier History Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more, including a calendar of events and information on planning a school field trip, visit FrazierMuseum.org or call (502) 753-5663.


 

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