Last week was my first time visiting the Charles H. Wright Museum and their “And Still We Rise” exhibit. Initially, coming into the museum, I had an idea of the themes that may be covered. However, I was surprised by the detail of the entire exhibit, particularly the mannequins, which were very surreal, especially in the slave ship portion of our journey. The most emotional section of my time there, surprisingly to me, was at the very beginning when the exhibit went through traditional African culture and history. The display of a historic African market made me heavily reflect and somewhat mourn what my life and the life of my community could have been if we never experienced colonialism and the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. We are often desensitized to violence committed against the black population, both in the way we explore African American history and current racial issues. Therefore, I was able to prepare myself mentally to digest depictions of slavery, yet seeing the simplistic and vibrant origins of my community caused me to reflect on our past from a more open and peaceful perspective. I really appreciated its thoughtful look at the entirety of what was lost, not only our physical freedom but also the connection with ourselves, our community, and our ancestral culture.