In anticipation of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the latest member of the Smithsonian Institution, a variety of information was released to the media. WindingRiver.com has prepared this review to share some of the information and images that were made available in the weeks preceding the opening.
Video courtesy of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture was created in 2003 by an Act of Congress, establishing it as part of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Board of Regents, the governing body of the Institution, voted in January 2006 to build the museum on a five-acre site on Constitution Avenue between 14th and 15th streets N.W. This site is between the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The new museum will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, art, history, and culture. The museum will open Sept. 24.
Notes from the Smithsonian
"The museum is building a collection designed to illustrate the major periods of African American history, beginning with the origins in Africa and continuing through slavery, reconstruction, the civil rights era, the Harlem Renaissance and into the 21st century."
Q&A with Director John Gray: Welcoming a new museum
to the National Mall By Erin Blasco, September 20, 2016
"The architecture and exhibition design work in concert to create an extraordinary emotional and experiential setting for visitors. Another highlight are the beautiful, profound, and sometimes agonizing quotes inscribed on the walls of the building. You can't help but be hugely moved, and then reflective in your response, and then so aware of how far we have come as a society, with yet so much more to do. This museum presents some of the most difficult subjects for America in a way that's honest, straightforward, painful, and at the same time you feel connected to the very ideas of American history."
Stories from a native Washingtonian By Evelyn Mantegani, September 22, 2016
The opening of the new museum is being complemented with special exhibitions at other Smithsonian museums.
"Moving to a new city is intimidating, particularly because most of your time is spent stumbling into familiarity. Guidance, trial, and error are often what eases a period of transition. I have trial and error covered. But my work at the museum has also helped to introduce me to my new city, particularly the opportunity to explore photos from our Archives Center that depict African American life in Washington, D.C. Some of these photos are now on view in our lower level gallery display, Celebration: Snapshots of African American Communities, part of our celebration of the upcoming opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture."
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