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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is documenting collection acquisition and installation, exhibitions, and construction processes as well as taking part in scholarly events nationwide. Enjoy these videos and more on our YouTube Channel.

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George Clinton's Mothership Rebuild Time-Lapse

Watch as the NMAAHC team rebuilds a replica of George Clinton’s #mothership with the help of Bernie Walden, former stage and lighting designer for Parliament Funkadelic.

The iconic object will be included in NMAAHC’s inaugural exhibition “Musical Crossroads.”





The Journey to Installation: A Story of Two Signature Artifacts

A segregation-era railway car, circa 1918, and an early 20th-century guard tower from the Angola prison in Louisiana, too large to be installed once the building was completed, were lifted and lowered 60 feet into the ground--level of the building during early stages of construction. Both artifacts will be on display in the museum's inaugural exhibition "Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876--1968".

Images of Louisiana State Penitentiary courtesy of Henry L. Fuqua, Jr. Lytle Photograph Collection and Papers, Mss. 1898, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.


LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit

Streamed live on Apr 9, 2014
Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 12:35pm - 1:40pm
Panel: LBJ and MLK: Fulfilling a Promise, Realizing a Dream

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Panel: Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 2:40pm - 4:00pm
Panel: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line



How to Prepare a WWII Plane for the Smithsonian Museum

In the summer of 2011, a vintage Stearman biplane made a cross-country journey to its new home in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The "Spirit of Tuskegee" will be on display when the museum opens its doors on the National Mall in 2016. The plane is one of only a few remaining aircraft with direct ties to the Tuskegee Airmen.