National Museum of African American History and Culture
Originally published 05/24/2016
Museum officials appealed to wealthy African Americans and their corporate, civic and religious institutions. They came through.
Originally published 04/18/2016
Conference to mark the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Future of the African American Past, a landmark conference featuring leading historians bringing fresh insights to long-standing questions about the field of African American history, will be held in Washington, DC, on May 19-21, 2016.
Originally published 02/08/2016
It took 150 years after America officially abolished slavery to get a national museum on the black experience.
Originally published 06/11/2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is giving $12 million to a museum being built on Washington's National Mall that will document African-American history, officials said Tuesday.The media mogul and former talk-show host previously gave $1 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the museum says her $13 million total contribution is its largest to date. As a result, the museum's 350-seat theater will be named after Winfrey, who is also a member of its advisory council.Construction on the $500 million museum began in early 2012. When it's finished in 2015, the museum will be the 19th Smithsonian museum. The U.S. government is providing half of the funding. To date, about $140 million has been raised in private funds....
Originally published 01/22/2013
WASHINGTON — As crowds descended and the inauguration unfolded, a few museum curators in Washington kept watch for symbols and messages that would make history.The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open during President Barack Obama’s second term, and one section will feature a large display about the first black president. Curators have been working since 2008 to gather objects, documents and images that capture his place in history.Curator William Pretzer ventured into the crowd Monday, mostly looking for memorabilia that had a personal touch — beyond the T-shirts and buttons hawked by vendors. Pretzer was most interested in handmade items, but he didn’t find much....
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