port of harlem magazine
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Who Would You Add to the Museum?
June 6 – June 19, 2019
claudia jones

Port Of Harlem magazine and The Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership (POHGEP) are working with the (Gambia) National Centre for Arts and Culture to update the images of successful African descendents in the Juffure Slavery Museum in Juffure, The Gambia. Juffure is home of Kunte Kinteh.
We will curate the final list, but are seeking your advice on whom we ought to suggest to include in the New Generation Section of the museum. Most of the museum’s patrons are Europeans.

This will be our third project with the National Centre for Arts and Culture. In March 2006, we presented Mr. Joof, then director of the National Centre for Arts and Culture, a framed Martin Robison Delany pointillism painting. Delany is the father of Pan-Africanism and was a Mandinka-American. Mandinkas make up the largest ethnic group in the West African nation.

A vendor at the National Black Memorabilia, Fine Art, and Crafts Show donated the image. The now defunct Attitude Exact Gallery framed the image.

Mr. Joof retired and under the directorship of Baba Ceesey, in March 2012, we donated the “West Africans in Early America Exhibit.” It is also online and at Timbooktoo Bookstore in Bakau, The Gambia. It features an array of Senegambian-Americans with identifiable Senegambia (Senegal and Gambia combined) heritage.

We are grateful to the America’s Islamic Heritage Museum for helping us identify the Senegambian-Americans. Baba Ceesay has since retired.

For this new effort, under the directorship of Hassoum Ceesay, we have so far identified George Washington Carver and Claudia Jones to include in the exhibit.

We seek to include Carver for his many inventions that included peanuts. Peanuts, or groundnuts as the Gambians call them, are a major Gambian export. 

James was a communist leader who worked on two continents and the Caribbean on behalf of the liberation of African people. She is buried in England to the left of Karl Marx. The Gambia was an English colony.

You may send your suggestions and a brief explanation on who we should add to the museum’s exhibit to: president@poghep.net.
This will be our third project with the National Centre for Arts and Culture.
Port Of Harlem has been inclusive, diverse, pan-African magazine since 1995. Print issues are archived at six archival centers across the United States including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem and online

The Port Of Harlem Gambian Educational Partnership has been connecting people since 2002 and is a 501 c 3 charity with several other people-to-people projects on Africa’s Smiling Coast.
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