The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture officially opened on Saturday 09/24/16. President Obama dedicated the museum in a ceremony in the morning, joined by tens of thousands of people.
The new museum features American history from the African American perspective. The exhibitions will document African American history as well as African American influence on – and contribution to – American culture.
The inaugural exhibitions showcase some of the 34,000 historic artifacts collected by the museum such as an airplane used to train Tuskegee airmen and Nat Turner’s Bible. Many of the valuable artifacts and historic documents on display are African American families’ precious heirlooms contributed to the museum to keep their ancestors’ history and experience alive for generations to come.
The idea of the Museum of African American History and Culture is over 100 years old, it dates back to black veterans of the Civil War. On Saturday 09/24/16 it became a reality.