June 13: On the Mall

For my final day, before Peace Corps Ethiopia orientation, I took a stroll down memory lane. I lived in Washington DC, in the mid-1980s and again after completing graduate school, December of 1989.

My first stop was visiting the library at the new African American Museum. An old friend, from my time in North Carolina, runs the library. Back in the day, I worked at Duke University and she worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The library visit, and being able to view collections at the museum, was a wonderful way to spend the day, before heading Africa.

Next, I walked to the National Archives building to see AOTUS (Archivist of the United States). When I first met him, he was the University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs Duke University. I was the Archivist for the John Hope Franklin Archivists for African and African American Collections.

I worked in this building, after finishing my graduate degree in Public History.

Then, returning to my Peace Corps Kenya buddy’s home, I discovered a surprise “last” dinner for me. What a perfect way to end the day. –GGT

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