On Saturday, September 24 the museum will be opening to the public.
“After 13 years of hard work and dedication on the part of so many, I am thrilled that we now have this good news to share with the nation and the world,” said Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s founding director.
The museum will open with 11 inaugural exhibitions that will focus on broad themes of history, culture and community. The exhibitions have been designed by museum historians in collaboration with Ralph Appelbaum Associates. These exhibitions will feature some of the more that 34,000 artifacts the museum has collected since the legislation establishing it was signed in 2003. The museum’s collections are designed to illustrate the major periods of African American history. Highlights include: a segregation-era Southern Railway car (c. 1920), Nat Turner’s Bible (c. 1830s), Michael Jackson’s fedora (c. 1992), a slave cabin from Edisto Island, S.C. plantation (c. early 1800s), Harriet Tubman’s hymnal (c. 1876) and works of art by Charles Alston, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Henry O. Tanner.
This booklet was produced by John Murray Forbes in December 1862 specifically for Union soldiers to read and distribute among African Americans.
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Around the event, a three-day festival showcasing popular music, literature and dance, some of them co-hosted by other museums around the country and in Africa, will take place.
More informations about the museum can be found here.