Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of our leading chroniclers of the African-American experience, seeks to answer that question in a history of the Reconstruction Era. Through his close reading of the visual culture of this tragic era, Gates reveals the many faces of Jim Crow and uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, while showing how African Americans after slavery articulated a vision of a "New Negro" to force the nation to recognize their humanity.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes and highlights the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected close to 37,000 objects.