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TL 266: Developing Comprehensive Interpretation of Slavery at Historic Sites

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Interpreting slavery, with its powerful resonances, is a privilege and a great responsibility. We have an obligation to the public to share a comprehensive and conscientious story of the past, especially as studies show that the public considers museums to be their most trusted source of historical information.

The Tracing Center conducted a survey to explore the needs and challenges in interpreting slavery. We organized the responses into a framework to help structure the creation of a comprehensive and conscientious interpretation of slavery:

  1. Comprehensive content
  2. Race and identity awareness
  3. Institutional investment
  4.  Community involvement
  5. Visitor experiences and expectations
  6. Staff training

Spring 2014