museums

Ashley’s Sack

Ashley’s Sack

From 2016 until earlier this year, the artifact now known as Ashley’s sack had been on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; it was on loan from Middleton Place in South Carolina, where so many viewers started weeping when they saw it that curators handed out tissues beside its…

‘Block by Block’ Tracks the Hidden Histories Behind the Street Names of Washington, DC

‘Block by Block’ Tracks the Hidden Histories Behind the Street Names of Washington, DC

A new exhibition highlights the people behind some of the capital city’s roadways, plazas, and parks. The city, which is shaped like a diamond, except where it meets the Potomac River on its southwest side, is organized by geographical divides centered on the U.S. Capitol and the White House, using mathematical principles employed by the original designer,…