Smithsonian Expert to Tell Saga of How National Museum of African American History and Culture Came to Be

Researchers say well over a million people have visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture since it opened Sept. 24, 2016, in Washington, D.C.Efforts to open a museum dedicated solely to black history and culture in America date to at least 1915, when Woodrow Wilson was president. The idea gained and lost steam over the decades until finally picking up momentum in the 1980s with visions of a building on the National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Institution's museum complex.The museum's history is so convoluted that only a select few know the whole story.  Continue reading...

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