National Trust for Historic Preservation

Asantewa Boakyewa


Asantewa Boakyewa is the Senior Manager of Interpretation and Collections at The Woodrow Wilson House.  She has held curatorial posts at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and Banneker-Douglass Museum, as well as research and administrative appointments at Johns Hopkins University, American University, and Georgetown University.

In 2008, she began her career in public history at Johns Hopkins University as a researcher for the Diaspora Pathways Archival Access Project (DPAAP), a five-year Mellon-funded project that sought to uncover and make accessible the over 1 million records of the “Afro-American” newspaper, the oldest continually publishing African American newspaper in the country. She has curated and managed nearly a dozen contemporary art and history exhibitions, developed numerous public programs over the last decade, and served as managing editor for publications of the Johns Hopkins University and Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Her research interests lie at the intersection of American art and history with special interests in the visual history and material culture of the Black Press, the role of women artists, and American political art.

Asantewa graduated Phi Alpha Theta with a BA in History, African American concentration, from Morgan State University and in 2014 was selected to participate in the Yale Public History Institute, serving as the only museum curator in a national cohort of public history professionals.

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