Upon realizing that her honor student nephew knew little about the history of African Americans, Angela Jennings established SANKOFA in 1995 as a way to teach him and other young people about their unique and rich heritage. Now, less than a decade later, this museum on wheels is considered to be one of the foremost collections of African Americans history readily available and appropriate for all ages and races of people in this country
As Sankofa Curator, Jennings has traveled throughout the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Africa, and Europe to amass a collection of art, collectibles and memorabilia that rivals many traditional museums. The exhibit is a testament to the vast contributions that African Americans have made to this country and the world.
As a part of the exhibit, Jennings presents stories and dramatizations about selected periods and historical figures to allow those in the audience to experience both the pain and the pride of the history portrayed. Additionally, she is always anxious to respond individual questions from those viewing the exhibit.
Spanning the period of 1860 to present, Sankofa takes audiences on a journey through slavery, the era of king Cotton and uplifting days of Emancipation. It also tells the stories of such notable as Ida B. Wells, the Negro Baseball League, the Tuskegee Airman and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One of he highlights of Sankofa is its unique display of inventions by African Americans.
The Ghanaian term, Sankofa, tells us to “use the wisdom of the past to build the future” Angela Jennings and her African American Museum on Wheels epitomize the meaning of the term by educating, enlightening and empowering young and old alike with living history. Sankofa is a must see. For more information contact Angela W. Jennings at 412 Maple Ave. Denmark, SC 29042 or by phone at 803- 703-9230