As the museum opens, a writer sees her own story inside the building
Museum leaders have acquired approximately 40,000 objects, of which some 3,500 will be on view. Here are 36 of the most emotionally and historically resonant treasures in the collection that no visitor should miss.
Underground, a stark path winds chronologically and unflinchingly from slavery through civil rights and beyond. Aboveground, bold, busy galleries celebrate some of the cultural contributions African Americans have made to the country and the world.
Mining the museum archives to showcase the arc of the black experience.
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In a dim, quiet backroom in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a gray-haired man paused in front of a bronze casket, and he stood to pay his last respects to Emmett Till...

As the museum opens, a writer sees her own story inside the building

A weekend of celebrations includes a grand opening ceremony with a speech from President Obama.

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  • Sep 24, 2016
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"It is my hope that each and every person who visits this beautiful museum will walk away deeply inspired."

"Congress and I did not always see eye to eye...But this is one issue where we strongly agreed."

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