Isabell Meggett Lucas, 87, is one of the many people who have visited the recently opened Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and had a life-changing experience.
Last Tuesday, Lucas was able to stand in front of the two-room wooden cabin that she was born and raised in along with her nine siblings, according to Ebony.
“I never knew this all would come to pass,” Lucas said. “Everybody is excited and happy.”
The Point of Pines Cabin was taken from its native Edisto Island, South Carolina and rebuilt, piece-by-piece, in the Washington D.C. museum. The cabin was the last remaining of a row of 10 that were originally owned by Charles Bailey, whi obtained his wealth through slavery.
“This is the most beautiful thing that could’ve happened — the Meggetts coming forward and visiting us and sharing these stories with us,” said Nancy Bercaw, a curator of the museum.
Seeing her childhood home for the first time in years understandably made Lucas reminisce on the past. She recalled living in the house with no running water or electricity and having to gather firewood for the stove.
“When I was a child, we’d get out and play and climb trees,” Lucas said. “I remember my grandmother cooking and feeding us.”