African American History Museum

African American History Museum is now Open in Washington D.C.

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September 24th, 2016 will go down as a historic day in U.S. history. It will be remembered as the day when the National Museum of African American History and Culture first opened in Washington D.C. The idea for such a museum was proposed over 100 years ago but never got anywhere for the majority of that time. Then about 13 years ago, Congress finally authorized the construction of the museum with half of its funding provided by the federal government and the other half provided by private donors.

This museum is a dream come true to many who thought it would never get built. At the opening ceremony, former President George W. Bush and current President Barack Obama and their wives were in attendance and spoke about the significance of the museum. Bush was the one responsible for signing the bill in 2003 which authorized the museum’s construction. In 2012, Obama oversaw the actual construction process of the museum as it began. Other guests of the ceremony included Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey and Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

This 400,000 square foot museum contains over 36,000 artifacts related to African American history and has a lower level that is 70 feet deep. This lower level is where the artifacts related to slavery are kept. The purpose of putting them underground was to give guests the sense of what it felt like to be a slave in the stowage of the slave ships back in the 1700s and 1800s. Some other interesting objects at the museum include Harriet Tubman’s shawl, Chuck Berry’s red Cadillac, and Gabby Douglas’s bar grips from the 2012 Olympics.

The Washington Monument is close to the museum so it should be easy to find when you’re in the city. Right now, there is free entry to the museum but you have to reserve your passes ahead of time because there is a high demand for them.

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