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I have long held a fascination with the ancient Egyptian culture. In March 1979, I traveled to Egypt with my husband Anthony Rouff, stepdaughter, Allison Rouff, and two very close friends, Carolyn Mitchell and Elizabeth Parks. It was a trip of a lifetime, and I hoped to discover many things about Egypt and its history. It seems that I was in a state of euphoria as I walked the sands that many had traversed centuries before me. As my eyes beheld the Great Pyramids on the Giza plateau, it was as if I had returned to a familiar place, but how could that be?  I felt a sense of déjà vu as I climbed the steep stairways inside of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, (Khufu) and into the king’s chamber containing an empty sarcophagus.  As I stood next to the Great Sphinx, with its colossal size, I felt so small and insignificant. I was in awe and truly amazed. This experience was truly an eye opener for me, because these wonders of the ancient world are deserving of their titles.  However, the most thrilling and educational moment was my visit to the Cairo Museum, located just across the street from our hotel. I always suspected that the Ancient Pharoahs were black, upon viewing their glass encased mummified bodies, my suspicions were confirmed. This knowledge filled me with great pride, members of my race were once great rulers in Africa and their legend lives on and is there for all eyes to see. The Cairo Museum houses thousands of ancient artifacts that attest to whom the ancient Egyptian people were, depicting how they lived, their religious beliefs and worship. Unfortunately, cameras were not allowed into the museum, therefore all that I saw had to register in my mind with the hope that my mind would remember these precious artifacts forever. I can still visualize the braided black wigs that the queens and upper class wore; the combs made of wood and of ivory that resembled the “afro combs” we used in the 1970’s; the leather sandals, and much more. The most astonishing collection was the one of “Tutankhaten” (King Tut). It was overwhelming because it seemed that everything was made of gold; a gold coffin, a solid gold face mask, gold jewelry, gold bedding, gold chariot, etc.