Slave museum advocate honored for 20+ years preserving history

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SANDY SPRING, Md. – In 2016, the nation’s capital was captivated by the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Many people don’t realize that since 1988 the DMV has had another resource looking back at the plight and struggles faced by blacks since before the founding of our nation.

Most days you can find Laura Anderson Wright volunteering at the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery.

The University of Maryland lawyer has been spending her free time at the museum for more than 20 years.

Wright was recently inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame for her volunteer work and dedication to the museum. Most of the time that work consists of filing paperwork but she also takes pride in curating the museum and giving tours.

She said taking visitors through watermark moments in American history from the end of slavery to the election of the first black president helps keep her life in perspective.

“It kind of gives me a reality check, if I think I`m having a bad day or if I think I`m going through something tough, it inspires me hopefully some level of resilience to know I really can get through this, it really isn`t that bad,” said Wright.

Wright believes her work with the museum helps give visitors a unique look at American history.

“I've been able to share and make other people proud,” said Wright. “Whether it be their own or one they are not a part of directly-- in the end, it’s all a part of American history.”

The museum and art center is located on Brooke Road in Sandy Spring and is by appointment only. There are a few public events like Heritage Day in June and Emancipation Day in November in which the museum is open to the general public.