I love museums. I’m a history and art junkie. Once I found out that the Henry Ford Museum existed in Michigan, I knew I had to go.
Firstly, who is Henry Ford?
Henry Ford was an American businessman who founded the Ford Motor Company. He had a vision to develop the industry into one that any middle-class American could afford. It was his invention of the Model T automobile that revolutionized transportation in America. Basically, as the owner of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford became a really rich man.
There was so much to see at the Henry Ford Museum. The museum has many different collections. The first one that caught my eye was the automobile section. Now, I do not know much about cars but I do appreciate their beauty and speed. Cars truly are a part of American history. Every decade has its own unique type of design.
There was also an entire section on aviation. I just love airplanes and getting to see the development of the airplane was incredible. The airplane as a mechanism has been through so much development with time. We take advantage of our technologically-advanced world. We do not see the time and the work put into creating our airplanes.
I most certainly loved the historical exhibit section. It was literally like walking through history. From Columbus to Women’s Rights, it was all there mapped out for viewers. There was an entire section on the Civil Rights Movement, in which Martin Luther King Jr reigned amongst many other people such as Harriet Tubman.
Here’s a few mind-blowing things I got to see at the Henry Ford Museum:
I got to see the car that John F. Kennedy was shot in. J.F.K. stood there and died there. Comprehend this.
I got to see the world’s first successful airplane. Again, the first airplane. In the early 1900s, it was the Wright Brothers who created the first form of mechanics that made the first flight possible.
And finally, I got to sit in the bus in the exact spot where Rosa Parks sat and rebelled against getting up for a white person. I felt a connection towards her. She didn’t back down. She fought for what she believed in, and I try to be like that.
There was so much history in that museum. The United States of America’s history is most certainly not perfect. Just look back onto our history of slavery, let alone the many mistakes we have done as a nation. However, our history is what led us to become the nation we are today. We are still not perfect, I mean it is 2019 and none of the countries in the world are perfect. We are a great nation still because it was our country that became independent and fought for our own individual rights throughout our history. It is our country that revolutionized the industrial world. I emphasize that Trump’s statement, let’s make American great again, is invalid. We are great. We always were. However greatness is not perfection.
As John Wayne once said; “Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will.”