Hawzah News Agency (Wisconsin, US) – A life-sized Islamic sailboat, dozens of Islamic artifacts, and lively demonstrations by local and national Muslim artists are featured in the Please Touch Museum’s latest exhibition named ‘America to Zanzibar’, Wisconsin Muslim Journal reported.
“The museum wants to spotlight the history of the more than 200,000 Muslim-Americans living in Philadelphia,” Informed Patricia Wellenbach, president and CEO of the Please Touch Museum.
“The Muslim community has been a vital part of Philadelphia since the 1600s and has really made a tremendous contribution to the vibrancy of our city, the depth of culture, the depth of community. And we thought it was important to see this in such a positive light.”
The Islamic exhibit is designed to educate American children in Wisconsin about the Muslim culture in the past and presently.
Children and parents visiting the museum can listen to Islamic songs, read about the Silk Road, and explore the global marketplace: an area to practice buying, selling, and trading objects from around the world.
As a contemporary part that shows the relation between Islam and the modern American society, the exhibition spotlights the life of Muslims in Philadelphia which comes at the end of the tour.
A typical American Muslim home is depicted featuring contemporary songs, clothes, jewelry, and a prayer rug. Visitors can also listen to pre-recorded stories told to them by Philadelphia Muslims.
Julie Abara was visiting the museum with her granddaughter. Originally from Philadelphia, Abara has family in Sierra Leone. She and her family in Philadelphia visit the Muslim West African nation in the summertime.