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Portrait of African American women

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Portrait of African American woman

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Portrait of African American woman

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Portrait of African American woman

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Portrait of African American woman

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

[African American woman] [cellulose acetate photonegative]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Good condition.

Photograph by Robert Scurlock. African American woman sitting in a folding chair under a palm tree. No ink on negative, no Scurlock number, ink (text) on enclosure: "RSS [Robert Scurlock] WW II Army/War Scenes". No visble edge imprint.

Portrait of African American woman

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Portrait of African American woman

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Full-length portrait of seated African American woman

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

[African American women] [black-and-white cellulose acetate photonegative]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Fair condition, strong acetate odor.

Group of African American women, formally dressed, presumably at a reception. "Misc. 1941" on original envelope. No ink on negative. Agfa Safety Film edge imprint.

Portrait of African American woman holding a parasol

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

African-American Consumer and Business Magazine

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Magazine with a large color photograph of Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. and Minister Louis Farrakhan. The image shows both men standing with Chavis on the left and Farrakhan on the right. Both men are dressed in suits and bow ties. The men stand in an interior room with chairs and small flags resting on the window sills. Behind the men is a palm plant. In the top left of the cover, behind the men, is the partial title of the publication [African-American/CONSUMER]. The word "consumer" is in large red and black letters. In the upper right corner in black text is the date, location, price, and a continuation of the publication title [NOVEMBER"/"DECEMBER 1995/WASHINGTON METRO BALITMORE/NORTHERN VIRGINIA/$3.00/and Business/Magazine]. Down the left side in red and yellow text is the publication's featured article [Million/Man/March/Peaceful/Rally/Makes/History]. On the lower right side is additional text in green and red [Message To/The Masses/Lead,/Follow/or Get/Out Of/The Way!]. Along the bottom of the image is the image caption in black text [Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan]. The entire image as well as all the text is contained within a yellow border on a black background.

[Three African American women wading in water] [black-and-white cellulose acetate photonegative]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Good condition.

Three women wading ankle-deep in river. Wooded hills are in the background. No ink on negative, no Scurlock number. No visible edge imprint.

[African American woman in military uniform] [cellulose acetate photonegative]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Good.

Photographed dramatically from a low angle. No ink on negative. Ink (text) on enclosure: "RSS WW II Army/War Scenes". No visible edge imprint, no Scurlock number.

African American History

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of a man speaking from a podium during a dinner recognizing Hugh Mulzac for being named a naval captain after 22 years of naval service. Mulzac is seated next to the podium at bottom right.

[Portrait of a young African American woman in a white dress : Black-and-white photoprint.]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Woman is seated on a carved chair. Photograph by A.N. Scurlock. Sepia-toned print with a romantic, pictorialist effect. Thin paper mount with blind-stamp, lower right..

African American Man

National Museum of American History

African American Woman

National Museum of American History

Smithsonian African American Film Fest

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Starting October 24, cinema, history, and culture will collide at the first-ever Smithsonian African American Film Festival. Over the course of the week, the festival will celebrate African American visual culture and film, offering attendees an unparalleled opportunity to explore cinematic works by some of the brightest emerging and veteran filmmakers, alongside other historic and lesser-known films that tell the stories of Black experiences in America. Here’s a taste of what’s in store—get the details (and your tickets!) at aafilmfest.si.edu. #APeoplesJourney #AAFilmFest

National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
NMAAHC is the nineteenth Smithsonian Museum

"A Century in the Making: The Journey to Build a National Museum," Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (blog), Tumblr. August 24th, 2016, http://nmaahc.tumblr.com/post/149430396115/a-century-in-the-making-the-journey-to-build-a.

"Culture Wars Won and Lost, Part II: The National African-American Museum Project," Radical History Review 70 (1998): 78-101.

The Time Has Come: Report to the President and to the Congress". National Museum of African American History and Culture Plan for Action Presidential Commission, last modified April 2, 2003, http://nmaahceis.si.edu/documents/The_Time_Has_Come.pdf.

Dodson, Howard. "A Place of our Own: The National Museum of African American History and Culture." Callaloo Vol. 38 No. 4. (2015): 729-741.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is opened on September 24, 2016 by President Barack Obama during a three day festival on the National Mall produced by Quincy Jones, a member of the museum's advisory board. The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture, its goals are 1) to provide an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore this history through interactive exhibitions; 2) to help all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences; 3) to explore what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture; and 4) to serve as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington to engage new audiences and to collaborate with museums and educational institutions that preserved this important history well before this museum was created.

NMAAHC was established by law in 2003, the culmination of decades of efforts to commemorate African American history. African American civil war veterans began the push to commemorate the African American influence on America with a place on the National Mall in 1915. Veterans of the US Colored Troops were nearly excluded from a 50th anniversary Grand Review Parade celebrating the victorious Union Troops. USCT veterans formed a Committee of Colored Citizens of the Grand Army of the Republic to make sure their military service was remembered and provide help with housing, food, and logistical costs for African American veterans. After the parade, funds from this committee went to a National Memorial Association to create a more permanent memorial to African Americans' contributions to America. The association's aim was to build a building to depict African Americans' contributions in all walks of life, not just military. While no site was designated, the National Mall was the committee's goal.

Despite significant racially charged opposition, this Association worked long and hard to accomplish their goal, and with significant grass roots support that overcame congressional racism, a joint resolution creating a commission for the museum was signed into Law by President Coolidge on March 4, 1929. Unfortunately, due to the stock market crash later that year, the commission was unable to raise funds and the museum was never built. The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 galvanized interest again. An initiative by Tom Mack, president of Tourmobile Sightseeing, a DC shuttle tour company, led to a 1986 Joint Resolution sponsored by Representatives Mickey Leland of Texas and John R. Lewis of Georgia and Senator Paul Simon of Illinois "to encourage and support" private efforts to build a memorial and a museum in Washington, DC.

Starting in 1988, new bills were introduced annually in the Congress by Rep. John Lewis to create a National African American Heritage Museum and Memorial within the Smithsonian Institution. In 1991, a Smithsonian blue-ribbon commission recommended the creation of a national museum devoted to African Americans to collect, analyze, research, and organize exhibitions on a scale and definition that matched the major museums devoted to other aspects of American life. The commission recommended that the museum be temporarily located in the Arts and Industries Building until a new, larger facility could be built, but the legislation stalled amid controversy about funding and the appropriateness of the site. In 2001, a new bipartisan coalition of Representatives John Lewis and J. C. Watts, Jr., and Senators Sam Brownback and Max Cleland renewed efforts to establish a National Museum of African American History and Culture within the Smithsonian Institution. Renewed questions about funding and feasibility of using the Arts and Industries Building resulted in the passage of P.L. 107-106 on December 28, 2001, which established the NMAAHC Plan for Action Presidential Commission to develop a feasible plan to move forward with the museum.

[Four young African American women standing beside a convertible automobile : black-and-white photoprint]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
In Box 13.

During the 50s and early 60s, Anne Arundel County was still segregated and the beaches for [African Americans] were Carr's Beach and Sparrow's Beach in Annapolis, and the beach communities of Highland Beach, Arundel-On-The-Bay, and Columbia Beach in the county. Carr's Beach was the most famous of the beaches and was affectionately called "The Beach". During the week "The Beach" was a place for day camp, church picnics, etc. But on the week-ends especially Sunday afternoons, Carr's Beach had the unique distinction of being a major stop on the "Chitlin Circuit". (Quoted from http://www.carrsbeach.com/.)

Advertising on convertible for Hoppy Adams of WANN radio station in Annapolis, Maryland; a Ferris wheel is seen in the background. Photographer unidentified.

[African American woman] RSS WW II Army/War Scenes [on envelope: negative misfiled?] [cellulose acetate photonegative]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Good condition.

Portrait of African American woman posing with wild flowers. No ink on negative: Text on enclosure. No visible edge imprint. No Scurlock number.
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