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NHD at NMAAHC Collection: Breaking Barriers in History

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Welcome to the National Museum of African American History and Culture's Collection Connection Grid for National History Day 2020! Below is an assortment of selected documents, images, objects and videos that highlight the African American experience in relation to the 2020 NHD theme: Breaking Barriers in History. Use these items as inspiration for a project topic, or use the items to help expand your research on a topic you have already selected.  This collection is designed to be self-guided by students and educators participating in National History Day.

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Keywords: African American, NMAAHC, National History Day, NHD, Collection, Connection, Grid, breaking, barriers, history, project, topic, ideas, 2020

Medal depicting Prince Hall and Freemasonry

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Cast iron dictionary stand used by Rev. Florence Spearing Randolph

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Playbill for Ira Aldridge in Othello and The Slave at the Theatre Royal

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Identification tag for drummer “George Washington,” with American eagle

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Emancipation Proclamation Legacy

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Carte-de-visite portrait of Harriet Tubman

National Museum of African American History and Culture

A stereographic postcard of Howard University in the late 19th century

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Card photograph of three unidentified men wearing ribbons on their jackets

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pinback button featuring a campaign portrait of Senator William B. Nash

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Radical Members of the South Carolina Legislature

National Museum of African American History and Culture

American Sketches: A Negro Congregation at Washington

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tin for Madame C.J. Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Class of 1892 Oberlin Academy Preparatory School

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Chase County High School (Kansas) baseball team

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Love Will Find a Way

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tom, The Blind Negro Boy Pianist, Only 10 Years Old

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Medal for United Spanish War Veterans

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Clock used by the Citizen's Savings and Trust Company

National Museum of African American History and Culture

John A. Raub store, Little Eagle, S.D.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Broadside for a performance by Madame Sissieretta Jones

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Lobby card for The Betrayal

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Stock certificate issued by Black Star Line to Percival L. Burrows

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Cabinet card of Col. Charles Young as a cadet at West Point

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Gladys Bentley

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Their Eyes Were Watching God

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Green velvet dress worn by Lena Horne in the film Stormy Weather

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Negro Motorist Green-Book

National Museum of African American History and Culture

West Berlin • Germany

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Handkerchief with World War II Double V campaign design

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Membership card to the American Tennis Association for Althea Gibson

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Playbill for A Raisin in the Sun with insert essay ‘Sweet Lorraine'

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Travel Permit for the US Military Duty Train "Mozart"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

United States passport belonging to James Baldwin

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Commemorative denim vest with buttons assembled by Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Souvenir program for Wilma Rudolph Day

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jumpsuit worn by Diahann Carroll on the television show Julia

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Red Starfleet uniform worn by Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura on Star Trek

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Harlem Beauty Contest • New York, NY

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pinback button for the Young Lords Party

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Lunchbox and thermos featuring Diahann Carroll from the sitcom Julia

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Training boxing gloves used and signed by Cassius Clay

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of Muhammad Ali training at the 5th Street Gym

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Revolutionary

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Poster for presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Flight helmet worn by Thunderbird pilot Gen. Lloyd W. Newton

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pinback button for Harold Washington mayoral campaign

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Female Rappers, Class of '88

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Boombox used by Public Enemy

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ticket to Super Bowl XXII

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Brotherman No. 1

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Serena and Venus

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sweatshirt depicting the Million Man March

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Barack Obama, Chicago

National Museum of African American History and Culture

African American Astronauts

Anacostia Community Museum

Theatre program for The Lion King

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Model of the conjoined brains of Ladan and Lalah Bijani used by Dr. Ben Carson

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Costume for Black Panther worn by Chadwick Boseman

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Henrietta Lacks (HeLa): The Mother of Modern Medicine

National Museum of African American History and Culture