Museum News & Highlights

Image of boy jumping taken from Reckoning exhibition

Our Museum Celebrates Black History Month

“African Americans and the Arts” is the theme for the museum’s online and in-person offerings.
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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

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Black History Month

Celebrate the Brilliance of Black Voices in the Arts

African American artists — poets, writers, visual artists, and dancers — have historically served as change agents through their crafts.

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Black History Month

Digital Learning Resources for Educators & Parents

Join us in exploring stories of African Americans in the Arts throughout February.

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