A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

Welcome to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

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A People’s Journey
A Nation’s Story

Welcome to the Smithsonian
National Museum of African American History & Culture

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Lowriders

Cars with Identities

Lowriders are cars that express identities—social, cultural, aesthetic. With their extended bodies and low to the road roll, the cars have been a vehicle of choice for cruising, a popular pastime in many American communities since the mid-twentieth century. Lowriding puts both the cars and their riders on display.

Many Lenses Three museums, five objects, many lenses
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African Americans and Leisure

From the late 19th to the mid-20th century, African Americans around the country sought leisure destinations where they could relax without the burden of racial oppression. This month explore historically black leisure traditions in the United States.

The African American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American.

Lonnie G. Bunch III Founding Director, NMAAHC