Pearl, of PearlShops4U, shared some of her private collection online in slide show format. She also shared her thoughts about why she collects them. Here is an excerpt:
For me, the images of an uncomfortable past are a great source of knowledge, understanding, even pride. The fact that my grandparents and their grandparents had lived, struggled and rose above a society so entrenched in hatred, myths and stereotypes has been a great source of inspiration in my life.
I realized that rescuing and preserving this slice of history is an honorable obsession. To reach the heights, to climb the difficult mountains of everyday life, we must understand and draw upon the strength of our ancestors. Our manifest destiny has been written and carved out of the uncomfortable past.
Do you have a private collection of Black Americana that you could share in our virtual museum? Please email blackamericanamuseum [at] gmail [dot] com, we'd love to display it for all to see.