Afriterra is pleased to be a contributor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. We have provided digital images of some of our maps for use in the museum’s exhibitions, scheduled to open in Washington, D.C. in 2016. We’re excited about this opportunity to be part of such an important institution and the potential for further involvement and collaboration.
The re-telling of Roots on the History Channel this summer reminds us to read more of Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize winning book from 1976, and beckons us to visualize West Africa’s place in history. Our current online exhibit allows multiple pan and zoom views involving 30 of the rarest maps from 1500-1900 depicting the original Gambia River in the early Mandinka land over a period of 400 years.