National Museum of African American History

Smithsonian Spotlight: National Museum of African American History

Discover the inspirations, efforts, and challenges involved in establishing an American museum dedicated to presenting and preserving the African American experience. It's still a work in progress, but the first exhibit is already assembled: an extraordinary collection of photographs of this country's most celebrated and influential African Americans.

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Let Your Motto Be Resistance

Curator Deborah Willis describes the National Museum of African American History and Culture's first exhibit.

There's MORE to the story. Discover the inspirations, see the artifacts and meet the experts of the Smithsonian Institution.