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We are now winding down our live updates on the museum opening. But we have plenty more coming on this huge weekend. So if you’re looking to keep up – or catch up – head on over to our full coverage of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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The first African American woman to ski in the Olympics is honored
Seba Johnson (David Betancourt/The Washington Post)
Seba Johnson (David Betancourt/The Washington Post)

Seba Johnson became the first African American female to compete in Alpine Skiing back in 1988, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands. At the age of 14, she was also the youngest Alpine ski racer in Olympic history. She finished 28th, besting half the pack despite not being old enough to drive.  Her skis from those Winter Games are on display in the sports exhibit of the museum. Johnson says she’s feels overwhelmed to be a part of a place that has some much history and black achievement.

“I wish every youngster could come to see how amazing we are and to see our bodies are not disposable,” Johnson said. Johnson is a special education assistant, and lives in Los Angeles.

A student of Dr. King’s finds his books on display

Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, 75, was a leader in the Civil Rights movement as a teenager, and one of the eight students Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught at Morehouse College. He has loaned two of his books to the museum, and they are both on display — the original edition of “the First History of the Negro Race” and the Bible he used while he was a young man in the civil rights movement.

“Those two books informed and inspired all of my decisions during my civil rights activism,” he said. He was carrying the letter he received from museum director Lonnie Bunch asking him for the donation. He decided to loan them for seven years.

“These books are too precious,” he said, though he expects that after the seven-year loan is up, he will donate them.

Seeing the exhibitions has been overwhelming. “I almost pinched myself that I was still alive,” he said. “I didn’t realize as a youth the dangers I was in.”

That included a stint in jail after he told a doctor in his native Jackson Mississippi to stop referring to an 81-year old black patient as “boy.”

He was arrested and imprisoned for two days. Medgar Evers bailed him out, he said.

He called the president’s remarks “very deliberative and eloquent, tender and touching.”

When he came to the museum today, he didn’t know where exactly his artifacts were.

“It was my [2-year-old] grandson who broke away from his mother, he found it,” he said, referring to one of his books. Standing before glass cases that contained his own artifacts, “I felt overwhelmed, to think I lived to see this day and my involvement would be recorded and on display.”

He took photos of his name on the display cases. To see the history of people he knew well – civil rights leaders that many people know only in textbooks – in the museum “gives me an added incentive as long as I have breath in my body, to share with every young person who is not aware of our rich history, all that I know.”

A little line-confusion outside the Culture Galleries

People seem confused by the line outside the Culture Galleries, which is just for the gift shop. A docent has motioned several times for people to come into the galleries.

Posing by the Olympics Black Power salute statue is a thing
U-Conn. student Pierre Dens Phils, 20. (Bethonie Butler/The Washington Post)
U-Conn. student Pierre Dens Phils, 20. (Bethonie Butler/The Washington Post)

Like many others today, Pierre Dens Phils, 20, a student at U-Conn., paused to take this photo in front of a statue depicting the 1968 Olympic protest in Mexico City.

“All I could think of is the whole Black Lives Matter movement and how inspirational it is and how progressive our country is becoming,” Dens Phils said.

The African American Museum opens

Complete coverage from The National Mall, from the early risers to the public’s first impression of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, with all of the opening ceremony’s speeches (8!) in between.

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