Public History

In recent years, many museums and historic sites have taken a keen interest in interpreting and presenting the histories of slavery and abolition to the public. The most important of these sites is the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which after years of planning, collecting, and construction, is set open on the National Mall in 2016. And, The National Parks Service (NPS) is also continuing to address the history of slavery at its sites and in its programs.

The GLC works with public historians and cultural institutions, such as the NMAAHC and the NPS, in an effort to make the histories of slavery, abolition, and resistance more accessible to the general public. Since, 2012, the GLC has organized and hosted the annual Yale Public History Institute, co-sponsored by the NMAAHC.