Haiti has a national museum. It’s in Port-au-Prince. They have artifacts from the pre-Columbian period (before Christopher Columbus). They have artifacts from when Columbus was here (like the anchor from the Santa Maria). They have artifacts from the slavery period (chains, swords…). They have artifacts from all of Haiti’s history including the famous black hat worn by dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.
Every Haitian student should visit this museum. I visited it years ago with a couple of friends. It opens the door to understanding Haitian history.
On August 18th, the members of the ASAPH Brass Band traveled to Port-au-Prince to visit the museum. It was a delightful time, and a nice reward for kids who had worked hard all summer preparing a parade and two concerts.
Bonnegres Doudou graciously provided us with transportation. He even drove us around town so that we could see the airport (a ‘must see’ for kids who had never been to the capital before) and the brand new overpass that president Martelly had built.
We were back home safe and sound by late afternoon.
Missionary in Haiti.