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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.

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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