I think the easiest way to handle such a brutal past is to ignore it. I would dare say that this is the stance that most Americans take in relation to the topic of slavery in the US. In school I learned more about the Ottoman Empire, the Romans and the Greeks than I did about the Choctaw, the Navajo, the Seminole, and the African in the Americas. Few people want to deal with shame when it sits so closely to their doorsteps. But, ignoring is rarely the way forward.
The Freedom Center's work is about resistance and in particular the concerted resistance of Africans, White Americans, Europeans, and Native peoples against enslavement and oppression. The museum lays open the gruesome story of enslavement. An actual slave holding pen sits in the middle of its gallery and it sits on the northern shore of the Ohio River- the dividing line between free and slave states.
How many people died trying to cross the river? We may never know. What we do know is that by telling the story, we liberate ourselves from repeating it. As well, we gain courage, wisdom, and resolve for the struggles that are both with us and ahead.