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National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The 400,000-square-foot Smithsonian Institution museum and will open to the public on Sept. 24.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks’ dress is on display in the concourse galleries.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

A statue of Clara Brown, who was born a slave in Virginia around 1800. Brown traveled to Colorado after she was freed when her slaveowner died in 1856 and established a successful laundry business. 

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Preparations are finalized for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

A theater showing a film about the history of blacks in baseball is part of the sports exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

A uniform belonging to retired U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell is in the Military History Gallery.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

A vintage, open-cockpit biplane was used at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute to train African American pilots for Army Air Corps service during World War II.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture during a media preview of the museum. 

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Muhammad Ali’s headgear, circa 1960s.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Harriet Tubman’s hymn book, circa 1876. 

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Instruments, costumes and other artifacts fill the Taking the Stage section of the fourth floor Culture Galleries at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Instruments, costumes and other artifacts, including the Funkadelic P-Funk Mothership, fill the in the Musical Crossroads section.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

A pair of slave shackles are on display in the Slavery and Freedom Gallery.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Nine of the 10 Olympic medals won by American track and field athlete Carl Lewis are on display in the Power of Place exhibition.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

A helmet from the World War I Harlem Hellfighters.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

The glove-fisted protest by American medalists Tommie Smith, portrayed at left, and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics is commemorated.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Washington Monument is framed by a window at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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