A nationwide effort to preserve African American culture made a stop at the Brooklyn Museum this weekend.
Curators from Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and the Brooklyn Museum invited New Yorkers to bring in old photos, letters and other historical objects that may have been tucked away in the attics or garages of their homes.
The museums offered assessments and tips on how to best preserve items for future generations.
"I brought slave shackles that are from the middle passage. They date from approximately 1750 to 1800. The other thing I brought was a slave tag," said Leon Stone, an artifact collector.
"Our family is out of Barnwell, South Carolina, so I was immediately struck by these because it says Barnwell, South Carolina on them. My great grandfather was born in 1878, and he died in 1947 so it kind of gave me goosebumps to find these glasses," said Diane Anderson, an artifact collector.
"We probably have about five or six hundred separate objects that we've examined and given them information about how to preserve them in their families," said Museum Curator Bill Pretzer.
The event was part of the Smithsonian's "Save our African American Treasures," with stops in cities across the country.