Jimmy Carter opens 'KONGO across the WATERS'

The former US president Jimmy Carter has opened an exhibition devoted to the impact that Congolese culture has had on the development of Afro-American cultures in the United States. The exhibition 'KONGO across the WATERS' runs in the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.

The exhibition is a joint initiative of Belgium's Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida.

Its exhibits include over 110 objects from the Belgian museum that is closed until 2017 for renovation. The exhibition focuses on the history, culture and art of the Congo region and the impact these have had on the development of Afro-American cultures in the US as a result of the slave trade. The exhibition runs in Atlanta until 21 September and will visit other American cities too.