The museum celebrated the 20th anniversary of legislation that funded it this week, but it can trace its origins back to Black veterans who fought for the Union Army in the Civil War.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
"I am eager to engage further directions in the museum's mission, embracing our digital present and future while furthering conversations around Black history, art, liberation and joy," Young says.
As part of the effort, curators at the National Museum of African American History and Culture plan to collect objects that tell the stories of black Americans during the pandemic.
Museum visitors discovered the noose Wednesday, less than a week after police found another one hanging from a tree near the Hirshhorn Museum, which is also on the National Mall.
This week, Isabelle Meggett Lucas got to visit her childhood home — in the Smithsonian, which moved the house from South Carolina to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The restaurant inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture offers a menu designed to showcase the breadth of black contributions to our nation's cuisine.
Capt. William Prickitt commanded a company of black soldiers during the Civil War. When he took ill, they saved him. A photo album that he carried the rest of his life has preserved their identities.