By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (National Museum of African American History 1) CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (National Museum of African American History 1) CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

Source: NY Times

After 13 years, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is set to finally open on September 24, when President Obama will speak at the opening ceremony.

The museum holds over 40,000 objects reflecting the strong, painful and resilient history of African American culture in America – many of the items which were donated by people around the country. The museum began as a collection of heirloom donations from people’s own closets and attics, and now will be on display for thousands of visitors.

The 400,000 sq. foot structure is built on an acre near the Washington Monument.

As written in the New York Times: “Understanding black history and culture is essential to understanding American history and culture.”

For details and pictures of the museum, read the full story at: NY Times

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Set to Open