The National Museum of African American History & Culture Is Now Open and it’s Everything
After much build-up and anticipation, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) officially opened this weekend in Washington, D.C. There was a star-studded ceremony on Saturday morning which took place on the National Mall.
Attendees included Oprah Winfrey (whose foundation contributed to the structure and has a theater in the museum named after her), former President George W. Bush (who signed the museum’s establishment into law in 2003) and Georgia Congressman John Lewis (a prominent Civil Rights leader who was one of the museum’s most vocal supporters).
The idea for the museum was first proposed in 1915 by Black veterans of the Civil War. It stretches 400, 000 square feet and features over 40, 000 artifacts that tell the story of the African American experience.
President Obama gave the closing remarks at the opening ceremony, saying, “How men can proudly win the Gold for their country but still insist on raising a black-gloved fist. How we can wear an ‘I can’t breathe’ t-shirt but still grieve for fallen police officers. Here’s the American where the razor-sharp uniform of the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, belongs alongside the cape of the godfather of soul.”
To learn more about the NMAAHC, visit nmaahc.si.edu.
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