Lest We Forget Slavery Museum - Philadelphia, PA

Last month, I was in Philadephia with my chapter, Nevaeh Chapter 797. I planned some of the African American historical tours during our trip. One that I was happy to bring my chapter to was the Lest We Forget Slavery Museum in Philly owned by curators J. Justin and Gwen Ragsdale. I spoke with Mrs. Ragsdale a week prior to the trip and both of us were excited to meet one another. Upon arriving at the museum, we were greeted with open arms. Mr. and Mrs. Ragsdale discussed with my chapter the history of their museum that has been in business since 2002. They have an EXTENSIVE and AUTHENTIC collection of slavery artifacts. As a travel historian, this is the first museum that has the most h

Emmett Till 60th Commemorative Weekend

I attended the 60th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till organized by the Mamie Till Mobley Foundation. Friday, August 28, 2015 was the wreath laying ceremony. I arrived at the Roberts Temple C.O.G.I.C. in Chicago, Illinois where the historical funeral of Emmet Till took place where Mamie Till Mobley demanded an open casket for the world to see what was done to her son. The family of Emmett Till were there thanking guests for attending the event. Emmett Till's cousin, Wheeler Parker, spoke briefly about witnessing his cousin being taken away from his grandfather's house. After the family gave a brief statement with the news media, a processional was held from the church to Burr Oak Ce