1 MILLION VISITORS SINCE SEPTEMBER

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The Smithsonian Institution’s national museum has become the premier place for Black history and culture

BY BREANNA EDWARDS
THEROOT.COM

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of Blacks.
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., has reached a huge milestone in the few months it has been opening, hitting its 1 million visitors mark last week.
The Smithsonian Institution museum announced the milestone Monday, noting that it has been just a little more than four months since its Sept. 24 opening.

 

According to it website, the length of time a visitor stays in the museum is unmatched, with most visitors averaging six hours or more on the weekends, compared to the 75 minutes to two hours for most museums.

“The opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture was a 13-year journey to foster a broader understanding of the black experience in a national and international context,” Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s founding director, said a press release.

“It has truly become a place of healing, reconciliation and celebration where people can embrace not only African-American history and culture, but how that layered history has shaped America’s identity.”

In addition to the museum being a must-see in and of itself, according to the website, the museum’s restaurant, Sweet Home Café, was named one of 20 semifinalists nominated for the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards in the category of Best New Restaurant.

For more information on the museum, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu.

Top Left: On Dec. 16, 2003, President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It finally opened last year.
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Top Right: “A Changing America’’ is one of the exhibits. The collection of historical artifacts, documents, photography and media at the museum now numbers close to 37,000.
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Bottom Left: A Jim Crow-era segregated passenger train coach restored is on display.
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Bottom Right: The traveling trunks used by George Thompson Garrison in the Civil War are on display at D.C. museum.
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