Take a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Take a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 9:04 AM EDT

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Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

A century in the making, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens its doors to the public on Sept. 24.

Wrapped in bronze and inspired by the three-tiered crowns used in West African art, the museum shines brightly near the center of the National Mall.  On the Mall, it’s mainly white marble, and I thought could we do something that gave a little color to this,” said Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s founding director.

“In more ways than one,” “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King pointed out.

“And that’s what I realized,” Bunch said.

But to get a sense of the African-American experience, you’ll have to go below the surface, five stories down.   

“At its peak, between 15 and 18 people would be in that cabin,” Bunch said, describing a cabin for slaves.

The shackles small enough to restrain a child are reminders of America’s regretful past, while a stool from a Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter represents the resolve to move beyond segregation.  [Read more]

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More information on the National Museum of African American History and Culture  < click here

Editor’s Note:

THE GRAND OPENING  OF THE MUSEUM IS SEPTEMBER 24/2016.

IF YOU ARE ATTENDING, THE MUSEUM’S CURATOR IS GUYANESE.  HER NAME IS MICHELLE WILKINSON Ph.D.  ADDRESS: CAPITAL GALLERY. 600 MARYLAND AVENUE SW SUITE 7001. MRC 509 PO BOX 37012.WASHINGTON DC 20013-7012.

We thank Francis Yvonne Jackson for submitting this information to Guyanese Online.

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  • guyaneseonline  On September 15, 2016 at 9:29 am

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