The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 23, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 19, 1997 Page: 6 of 6
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The Rambler November 19, 1997
An experience recovered
Mary Ann Long
Multi-colored symbols and primitive masks flash
out from blackened panels, along the hallway.
Rhythmic African drums and chanting envelop the
senses. An atmosphere of exploration and adventure
Can instantly captivate visitors to the Fort Worth
Museum of Science and History's newest exhibit.
I expected the exclusive southwestern showing of
A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of Henrietta Marie
to be enlightening,
depict a tragic tale
of human misery.
nobility of the
African people and
their resiliency in
.the face of
is the dominant
spans African cul-
tural life from
before slavery to
the distinct contri-
butions of their
The lirst room
of colorful Watusi
and bata kari
woven shirts. A
helmet mask, circa
1920, .used by the
I bo tribe during
The Fame of
drums play in the
Mel Fisher, a
accidentally found the Henrietta Marie's remnants,
nearly 300 years after it sank in 1700, 35 miles west
off Key West, Fla. An underwater scene has been
recreated with blue lighting, showing how the sunken
treasure was mapped and cataloged.
Visitors may feel samples of encrusted objects by
slipping their hands into darkened mystery boxes.
Wide-eyed children congregated around this activity.
Large, well-lit panels explain the history of slave
trade: the financiers, merchants, mariners, merchan-
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Science and History
This vessel used to hold wine or water was one of the only
pewter pieces found at the wreck of the Henrietta Marie.
dise and captive masses. For history-buffs, there are
plenty of pictures, documents and descriptions.
Hands-on exhibits bring life to many of the dis-
plays. Children can make and decorate their own
ceremonial mask with the aid of a plastic template,
scissors and crayons. Stamps depict replicas of trade-
marks found on the ship's pewter ware.
The most powerful area depicts the cargo hold of
the Henrietta Marie. Huddled masses of faceless
human forms lie curled-up or sit slouched over on
cramped, double-decked platforms made of rough-
They are scantily
clad and shackled to
their darkened cham-
ber, while sounds of
and rolling water fill
the air. From time to
time, a recorded nar-
ration recounts their
experiences, in bro-
ken English or
My favorite dis-
plays were the
numerous wire and
created by Augie
Known as a "story-
teller with his hands,"
he has produced a
memorial to his peo-
ple called Forgotten
From the Motherland
to the New World.
In a biographical
flyer about the artist
and his works,
N'Kele said, "If we
educate our children
while they are young
about other cultures
and ethnic groups,
they will grow up
respecting them. I
believe this is the
only process for truly healing racial problems''
Several storytellers, dramatic presentations and
celebrations are planned for the exhibit during its run
through Jan. 4, 1998. ,
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens
and $3 for children ages 3-12. This ticket is good for
the entire month of purchase. The Fort Worth
Museum of Science and History is located at 1501
Montgomery St. in. the cultural district. Call 732-1631
in the eyes
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The Little Mermaid returns to theaters for the lirst time since its original Oscar-winning release in 1989.
Re-release of Disney film uses
a whole new world of technolgy
The anticipated re-release of The Little Mermaid,
Disney's 28th full-length movie based on the Hans
Christian Andersen fairy tale, is finally here for a spe-
cial viewing through Nov. 30. After almost eight
years, this movie is still a beloved classic that only
Disney could produce.
The Little Mermaid is not just for kids. It suc-
ceeds in appealing to the inner child in all of us, while
maintaining the grown-up dignity that Disney achieves
The new release of the film is fully restored to
look and sound more glorious than before.
Imperfections on the original negatives were removed
using the latest digital technology available. These
visible efforts had a profound impact Upon the updated
version of the movie.
For those who didn't catch the movie during its
first run, it is about the mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson)
who wants to see the "whole new world" just beyond
her ocean. After making a deal with the sea witch
Ursula (Pat Carroll) and becoming a human for three
days, she has to get Prince Eric (Christopher Daniel
Barnes) to kiss her and fall in love.
She succeeds with the assistance of funky song
loving crab Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright), her best
friend Flounder (Jason Marin) and a dim-witted sea
gull named Scuttle (Buddy Hackett).
This film led the way for Beauty And The Beast,
Aladdin and The Lion King, which marked the begin-
ning of a new movie-making era for Disney.
The Little Mermaid is humorous, intelligent and
has something that many movies lack today: charac-
ter. This was evident in Wright's Academy Award
The best performance of the film is given by
Hackett. This wacky bird provides comic relief that
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Whether you are reliving the magic or catching it
for the first time, the pOwer of The Little Mermaid will
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Wood, Allison E. The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 23, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 19, 1997, newspaper, November 19, 1997; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth287697/m1/6/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Wesleyan University.