by Olaudah Equiano
Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D.1300–1897
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art presents
an exhibit of artifacts from Benin. Click on each image for
a brief explanation and enlarged image. Imagine that you are
an art critic and have been asked to write a review of these
objects for an art history magazine. Describe the objects
and tell what you think they reveal about the people of Benin.
This Washington State University site adds to the selection from Olaudah Equiano’s autobiography in your textbook by providing details on Equiano’s early years in Africa. After reading this selection, write a newspaper article describing the incident that led to his capture. Use a strong lead sentence and follow with pertinent details (who, what, when, where, how).