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The Journey to Installation: A Story of Two Signature Artifacts

National Museum of African American History and Culture
On November 17, 2013, construction on the National Museum of African American History and Culture reached a significant milestone with the arrival and installation of two of the museum's largest signature artifacts. A segregation-era railway car, circa 1918, and an early 20th-century guard tower from the Angola prison in Louisiana, too large to be installed once the building was completed, were lifted and lowered 60 feet into the ground--level of the building during early stages of construction. Both artifacts will be on display in the museum's inaugural exhibition "Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876--1968." Images of Louisiana State Penitentiary courtesy of Henry L. Fuqua, Jr. Lytle Photograph Collection and Papers, Mss. 1898, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La. Image of Angola guard tower courtesy of Daniel Atkinson.

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture considers the story and impact of Oprah Winfrey in her many roles: as host of a world-famous television talk show; as an actress, film producer, and media mogul; as a philanthropist and educator; and as a daughter of the civil rights generation whose phenomenal story of success illuminates the struggles and achievements of African American women throughout history. Explore the exhibition (/www.nmaahc.si.edu/watchingoprah) and join the online conversation #WatchingOprah.

President George W. Bush at the NMAAHC Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture
43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush's remarks at the dedication and grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016.

March on Washington History by NMAAHC

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Movie from the National Museum of African American History and Culture's exhibit, Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 on view at the National Museum of American History December 14, 2012 - September 17, 2014.

Ask Oprah: How did you discover your purpose?

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Over the years, Oprah Winfrey interviewed thousands of guests. In an exclusive interview produced for the #WatchingOprah exhibition, Winfrey responds to questions about her life, career, and legacy. Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture considers the story and impact of Oprah Winfrey, as host of a world-famous television talk show, philanthropist and educator; whose phenomenal story of success illuminates the struggles and achievements of African American women throughout history.

NMAAHC - The Spirit of Tuskegee

National Museum of African American History and Culture
In the summer of 2011, a vintage Stearman biplane made a cross-country journey to its new home in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The "Spirit of Tuskegee" will be on display when the museum opens its doors on the National Mall in 2015. The plane is one of only a few remaining aircraft with direct ties to the Tuskegee Airmen.

Lonnie Bunch & Robert Smith Conversation

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Conversation between NMAAHC Founding Director Lonnie Bunch, and museum donor Robert Smith, conducted on August 23, 2016.

#VisitorVoices: 30 Days of Reflections

National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Visitor Voices campaign highlights the Museum’s community of visitors and reflects their stories. Audiences are invited to share aspects of their visit—to empower them to see themselves as part of the museum’s history and community. Visitors are able to record their experience in our Reflections Booths located in our history galleries, or are invited to share via a social media staffer. So to thank our incredible community of visitors, we are celebrating our anniversary month with a new series called #VisitorVoices. 30 days. 30 voices. 30 stories. So make sure to subscribe and tune in daily, as our visitors voice and share their own stories and reflections on #APeoplesJourney. A Nation's Story. Have you visited the museum? Tell us about your experience in the comment section! #VisitorVoices Follow us on social media! https://www.facebook.com/NMAAHC https://twitter.com/nmaahc https://www.instagram.com/nmaahc/ http://nmaahc.tumblr.com/ https://www.snapchat.com/add/nmaahc Website: /www.nmaahc.si.edu

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson at the NMAAHC Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, Vice Chair, Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents and President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute gives opening remarks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture grand opening dedication ceremony.

Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III at the NMAAHC Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City gives his remarks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture grand opening dedication ceremony on September 24, 2016.

Illuminate NMAAHC: Commemorate and Celebrate Freedom Projection Mapping

National Museum of African American History and Culture
On the evenings of November 16-18, to kick off the countdown to its grand opening next fall, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) came alive for three nights as the façade of the building was illuminated with moving images in a spectacular display.The event commemorated three important milestones in African American history: 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act. This video is the full version of the projection mapping used on the NMAAHC building.

Ask Oprah: Is there a moment that stands out as a milestone in your career?

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Over the years, Oprah Winfrey interviewed thousands of guests. In an exclusive interview produced for the #WatchingOprah exhibition, Winfrey responds to questions about her life, career, and legacy. Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture considers the story and impact of Oprah Winfrey, as host of a world-famous television talk show, philanthropist and educator; whose phenomenal story of success illuminates the struggles and achievements of African American women throughout history.

#VisitorVoices - This Is My Story That I Know Of Slavery

National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Visitor Voices campaign highlights the Museum’s community of visitors and reflects their stories. Audiences are invited to share aspects of their visit—to empower them to see themselves as part of the museum’s history and community. Visitors are able to record their experience in our Reflections Booths located in our history galleries, or are invited to share via a social media staffer. So to thank our incredible community of visitors, we are celebrating our anniversary month with a new series called #VisitorVoices. 30 days. 30 voices. 30 stories. So make sure to subscribe and tune in daily, as our visitors voice and share their own stories and reflections on #APeoplesJourney. A Nation's Story. Have you visited the museum? Tell us about your experience in the comment section! #VisitorVoices Follow us on social media! https://www.facebook.com/NMAAHC https://twitter.com/nmaahc https://www.instagram.com/nmaahc/ http://nmaahc.tumblr.com/ https://www.snapchat.com/add/nmaahc Website: /www.nmaahc.si.edu

President Obama at the NMAAHC Grand Opening Dedication

National Museum of African American History and Culture
President Barack Obama's remarks at the dedication and grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016.

Ask Oprah: How do you see your place in history?

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Over the years, Oprah Winfrey interviewed thousands of guests. In an exclusive interview produced for the #WatchingOprah exhibition, Winfrey responds to questions about her life, career, and legacy. Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture considers the story and impact of Oprah Winfrey, as host of a world-famous television talk show, philanthropist and educator; whose phenomenal story of success illuminates the struggles and achievements of African American women throughout history.

My Greatest Challenge - Tuskegee Airman Herbert Carter

National Museum of African American History and Culture

#VisitorVoices - I Too Am America

National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Visitor Voices campaign highlights the Museum’s community of visitors and reflects their stories. Audiences are invited to share aspects of their visit—to empower them to see themselves as part of the museum’s history and community. Visitors are able to record their experience in our Reflections Booths located in our history galleries, or are invited to share via a social media staffer. So to thank our incredible community of visitors, we are celebrating our anniversary month with a new series called #VisitorVoices. 30 days. 30 voices. 30 stories. So make sure to subscribe and tune in daily, as our visitors voice and share their own stories and reflections on #APeoplesJourney. A Nation's Story. Have you visited the museum? Tell us about your experience in the comment section! #VisitorVoices Follow us on social media! https://www.facebook.com/NMAAHC https://twitter.com/nmaahc https://www.instagram.com/nmaahc/ http://nmaahc.tumblr.com/ https://www.snapchat.com/add/nmaahc Website: /www.nmaahc.si.edu

Oak Bluffs, Shearer Theater, & the Power of Place

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Curator Kevin Strait of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture shares a special behind-the-scenes view into The Power of Place exhibit: Oak Bluffs and the Shearer Theater. Covered in the video are the histories of the African American community and architecture, the vacation destination, as well as the Shearer Summer Theater.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis at the NMAAHC Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Congressman John Lewis's remarks at the dedication and grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016.

National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the public witnessed the outdoor dedication ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

#VisitorVoices - I Never Knew About Emmett Till

National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Visitor Voices campaign highlights the Museum’s community of visitors and reflects their stories. Audiences are invited to share aspects of their visit—to empower them to see themselves as part of the museum’s history and community. Visitors are able to record their experience in our Reflections Booths located in our history galleries, or are invited to share via a social media staffer. So to thank our incredible community of visitors, we are celebrating our anniversary month with a new series called #VisitorVoices. 30 days. 30 voices. 30 stories. So make sure to subscribe and tune in daily, as our visitors voice and share their own stories and reflections on #APeoplesJourney. A Nation's Story. Have you visited the museum? Tell us about your experience in the comment section! #VisitorVoices Follow us on social media! https://www.facebook.com/NMAAHC https://twitter.com/nmaahc https://www.instagram.com/nmaahc/ http://nmaahc.tumblr.com/ https://www.snapchat.com/add/nmaahc Website: /www.nmaahc.si.edu

São José Video- Long Version

National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Slave Wrecks Project (SWP) is a long-term collaboration between six core partners, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The project is designed to combine research, training and education to build new scholarship and knowledge about the study of the global slave trade, particularly through the lens of slave shipwrecks. Core partners for SWP include the George Washington University, Iziko Museums of South Africa, the South African Heritage Resource Agency, the U.S. National Park Service, Diving With a Purpose and the African Center for Heritage Activities.

Director Lonnie Bunch at the NMAAHC Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Founding Director Lonnie Bunch's remarks at the dedication and grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016.

#VisitorVoices - I Saw What They Did to Slaves

National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Visitor Voices campaign highlights the Museum’s community of visitors and reflects their stories. Audiences are invited to share aspects of their visit—to empower them to see themselves as part of the museum’s history and community. Visitors are able to record their experience in our Reflections Booths located in our history galleries, or are invited to share via a social media staffer. So to thank our incredible community of visitors, we are celebrating our anniversary month with a new series called #VisitorVoices. 30 days. 30 voices. 30 stories. So make sure to subscribe and tune in daily, as our visitors voice and share their own stories and reflections on #APeoplesJourney. A Nation's Story. Have you visited the museum? Tell us about your experience in the comment section! #VisitorVoices Follow us on social media! https://www.facebook.com/NMAAHC https://twitter.com/nmaahc https://www.instagram.com/nmaahc/ http://nmaahc.tumblr.com/ https://www.snapchat.com/add/nmaahc Website: /www.nmaahc.si.edu
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