Of the thousands of artifacts that will be displayed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, none give Mary Elliott the chills like the shackles that were used on children transported on slave ships from Africa, or the whip used to keep slaves in line.

“The thought of someone gearing up to whip someone with that – that will never leave my mind,’’ said Elliott, a curator at the new Smithsonian museum.

The museum has collected more than 40,000 artifacts and other items. More than 3,000 will be on display when the museum opens to the public on Sept. 24. Elliott and other museum staffers shared the history of the museum’s collections and exhibits during a media preview Wednesday.

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