Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

by Nat'l Museum African American Hist/Cult, Kathleen M. Kendrick

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Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by Nat'l Museum African American Hist/Cult, Kathleen M. Kendrick

This fully illustrated guide to the Smithsonian's newest museum takes visitors on a journey through the richness and diversity of African American culture and the history of a people whose struggles, aspirations, and achievements have shaped the nation. Opened in September 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture welcomes all visitors who seek to understand, remember, and celebrate this history. The guidebook provides a comprehensive tour of the museum, including its magnificent building and grounds and eleven permanent exhibition galleries dedicated to themes of history, community, and culture. Highlights from the museum's collection of artifacts and works of art are presented in full-color photographs, accompanied by evocative stories and voices that illuminate the American experience through the African American lens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588345936
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 170,423
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE opened in September 2016 as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum complex and research organization in the world. Its mission is to provide for the collection, study, and establishment of programs and exhibitions relating to African American life, art, history, and culture.

Table of Contents

Welcome to the Museum 6

The National Museum of African American History and Culture: A People's Journey, A Nation's Story 8

A Century in the Making 10

Laying the Foundation 16

Save Our African American Treasures 20

Rising Up: The Museum Building 22

A Symbolic Site 24

The Corona 25

Landscape 26

Heritage Hall 27

Concourse 28

Recipes from Sweet Home Café 30

The David M. Rubenstein History Galleries: The Journey Toward Freedom 32

Slavery and Freedom 34

The Slave Wrecks Project 42

Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1877-1968 54

A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond 76

Community Galleries: Making a Way Out of No Way 86

Making a Way Out of No Way 90

The Power of Place 102

Crowning Achievements: Mae Reeves 110

Double Victory: The African American Military Experience 112

Sports: Leveling the Playing Field 120

Culture Galleries: Tradition and Innovation 128

Cultural Expressions 132

Musical Crossroads 138

The Mothership Connection 146

Taking the Stage 154

Visual Art and the American Experience 160

Explore More! 166

Target Learning Center 169

Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center 169

Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts 169

Research Library and Archives 169

Freedmen's Bureau Records 170

Continue the Journey 171

Around the Smithsonian 171

Around D.C. 171

Around the U.S. 171

General Information 172

Credits 174

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