Alveda King noticed two moments on Tuesday when President Donald Trump seemed visibly moved during his tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The first came when his gaze fell on a stone auction block from Hagerstown, Md., on which slaves would stand before being sold.
King, part of a small delegation to tour the new Smithsonian with the president, overheard Trump say: “Boy, that is just not good. That is not good.”
Later, they came upon a set of shackles that were used to restrain children.
“That is really bad,” King quoted the president as saying. “That is really bad.”
Trump was making his first visit to the celebrated museum that recognizes 400 years of black struggle and achievement in the United States – from slave ships to the Mothership.
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