Smithsonian Opening African-American History Museum Sept. 24; President Obama to Lead Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Mall's newest landmark museum, will open Sept. 24, the Smithsonian Institution announced. JOANNE S. LAWTON
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Mall’s newest landmark museum, will open Sept. 24, the Smithsonian Institution announced.
JOANNE S. LAWTON

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Mall’s newest landmark museum, will open Sept. 24, the Smithsonian Institution announced Monday.

Linda St. Thomas, the Smithsonian’s chief spokeswoman, told The Associated Press President Barack Obama will lead the dedication as well as the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A weeklong celebration will follow, said St. Thomas. That will include an outdoor festival and a period in which the museum on the National Mall will be open for 24 consecutive hours.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has amassed a collection of 11 exhibits to trace the history of slavery, segregation and civil rights. Some of the collections will also illustrate African-Americans’ achievements in the arts, entertainment, sports, the military and the wider culture.

There will also be historical documents on display, including two signed by President Abraham Lincoln: the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation.

SOURCE: Washington Business Journal – Bob Niedt