Powerful moments in African American
history, culture, and community.
The Woman with the Violin
Violinist Ginger Smock was a critical figure in the development of the Los Angeles jazz scene and a trailblazing leader for female musicians in the male-dominated music industry of the 1940s and 1950s.
Seeing Black Women in Power
Photography and art of black women in the 1960s and 1970s created a new space of recognition, making clear the necessity of black women’s voices to movements for equality.
Frances Albrier was a leader in the American struggle for civil, labor, and human rights. Her collection brings into focus the role of west coast activists in the mid-twentieth century.
Carlotta Walls LaNier's Dress
In 1957, Carlotta Walls and six other African American students took on the difficult, dangerous task of integrating Little Rock Central High School. This dress tells the story of "Little Rock Nine" and the fight for a quality education for all Americans.
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Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection.
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