Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Alcione Amos

Alcione M. Amos, currently a Museum Curator at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, D.C., is originally from Brazil and has lived and worked in the United States for five decades. She received a MSLS from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Amos worked as a researcher and librarian at the World Bank, Washington, D.C. for more than two decades while at the same time maintaining a career as an independent scholar. Her fields of interest include post-slavery societies such as those of the Black Seminoles and African Americans in Washington, D.C. after the Civil War, and Afro-Brazilians who moved to West Africa in the 19th century. She also has studied the Gullah communities of coastal Georgia and South Carolina. 

Learning About the Past to Take Care of the Future

Maps, historical photographs, and oral history excerpts are interwoven in a new online exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum to provide a powerful case study for students to meet the people and places that shaped Barry Farm–Hillsdale in Washington, D.C., investigate what happened to the community, and discover similar stories in other communities across the country.