Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture 2016 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens in Washington, D.C. on September 24, 2016.
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C., 2016
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in 2003. The museum’s building, designed by David Adjaye, is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Early efforts to establish a federally owned museum featuring African American history and culture can be traced to 1915, although the modern push for such an organization did not begin until the 1970s. After years of little success, a much more serious legislative push began in 1988 that led to authorization of the museum in 2003. A site was selected in 2006, and a museum design approved in 2009. President Barack Obama helped break ground for the building on February 22, 2012. First concrete was poured in November 2012, and construction was to be complete in April 2016. The museum will have its opening ceremony, open to the public, Septemeber 24, 2016.
Two unique documents, both signed by President Abraham Lincoln, will be loaned to the museum for its opening. These are commemorative copies of the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation, of which only a limited number were printed. Few of these have survived. The Smithsonian Institution listed the number of items in the museum collection; as of May 2015 that the collection size had grown to 33,000 objects. As of September 2016, notable items in the collection will include historical items belonging of Harriet Tubman, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, James Brown, George Clinton, Geoffrey Holder, Chuck Berry, Muhammad Ali (and as Cassius Clay), Jackie Robinson, Tuskegee Airmen, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., President Barack Obama, Michael Jackson, and countless others; in addition to artifacts such as a segregated drinking fountain from the Jim Crow era with the sign “colored” (indicating it was for use by blacks only). —Source Wikipedia
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. ET. President and Mrs. Obama will be joined by former President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Congressman John Lewis, Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and the museum’s founding director, Lonnie Bunch. The President will deliver remarks during the ceremony and will attend the ceremony to cut the ribbon. The occasion will be marked by readings of African American literature and musical performances, including a performance by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, who created a special composition for the event. The musical and literature lineup for the opening of the African American History Museum: The Freedom Sounds Festival will include Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Freedom Singers, Sonia Sanchez, Stanley Clarke, Public Enemy, The Roots, Living Colour and many more to be announced. —Sources Various Publications
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National Museum of African American History and Culture design by David Adjaye.
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