The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opens on September 24, 2016, it will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
There are four pillars upon which the NMAAHC stands:
- It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions;
- It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences;
- It explores what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture; and
- It serves as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington to engage new audiences and to collaborate with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created.
For more: http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/
- 2/22/12 President Obama delivers remarkst at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- 9/24/16 Weekly Address: Celebrating the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- 9/23/16 President Obama delivers remarks at reception in honor of the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Grand Foyer, White House
- 9/24/16 President Obama delivers remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
President Barack Obama, 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 founding director, Lonnie Bunch
September 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM ET
Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture