Museum News & Highlights

Collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, gift of Dr. Patricia Heaston

Honoring Black Women Entrepreneurs

Join us for tours, workshops and special programming this Women’s History Month.
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Pinback button memorial depicting Martin Luther King, Jr.ca. 1968.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Legacy

From in-person activities to online offerings, join our museum to commemorate King and the holiday surrounding his impact on the world.
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Ribbon Rack from U.S. Army Service Uniform Jacket Worn by Gen. Lloyd James Austin III

New on View in the Museum

Ribbon Rack from U.S. Army Service Uniform Jacket Worn by Gen. Lloyd James Austin III, the first African American secretary of defense, is on display in the “Double Victory” exhibition.
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large central vignette an African American family enjoy domestic tranquility around a "Union" stove while, immediately below, a baby symbolizing the New Year breaks the shackles of a kneeling slave. Scenes at left detail horrors associated with slavery–whipping, branding and the separation of families. At right, these are contrasted with future blessings–payment for work, public education, and enjoying one’s own home, goals that could only be realized if the Union won the war.

The Emancipation Proclamation: A Mighty Blow to Slavery

The year 2023 marks the 160th anniversary of one of the most important documents in the nation’s history, the Emancipation Proclamation.
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Image of Charlotte Lyons in the Ebony Test Kitchen, featured in the November 1992 issue of Ebony magazine. Lyons is shown leaning frontward over a counter

Iconic Ebony Test Kitchen Finds a Home at Our Museum

Built in 1972 as a prominent feature of the Johnson Publishing Co. building in Chicago, the Ebony Test Kitchen is where recipes were tested and prepared before they were published in Ebony magazine for home cooks around the country.
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Dr. N. Anthony Coles

Museum Announces New Council Chair

Dr. N. Anthony Coles will serve as Chair of the Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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“Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures” is Now Open

On view until August 18, 2024, the exhibition explores and reveals Afrofuturism’s historic and poignant engagement with African American history and popular culture.
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What's Happening at the Museum

A look at all the upcoming programs and events

Black Women Afrofuturists
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Five You Should Know: Black Women Icons of Afrofuturism

Their influence spans across disciplines, genres and decades – while re-imagining the past, present and future through a Black cultural lens. 

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This painting depicts two rows of women picking cotton. Both the top and bottom row has three women in purple, blue, and yellow dresses, each with a red hat. Each woman has a large white bag slung over her shoulder. Each figure stands in front of a low bush dotted with white spots of paint to indicate cotton. The artist has signed her initials [CH] in the lower right margin, with the "C" written backwards.
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Black Women Artists

Meet Black women artists through their artwork in our collection and other Smithsonian museums.  

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