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Discover the latest digital exhibition experience for the Searchable Museum, Making a Way Out of No Way

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A look at all the upcoming programs and events

Featured Story

Photograph of Frederick Douglass, circa 1879

A Nation's Story: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a keynote address at an Independence Day celebration and asked, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” 

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Featured Learning Resource

Explore African American history through digital activities on the Smithsonian Learning Lab platform. The activities, or collections, have gathered objects, stories, videos and thinking questions all in one place.

A painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence
Digital Learning

Learning History Through Objects: The Founding Documents

What can objects tell us about the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and their relationships to the paradox of slavery and freedom in the new United States?

 

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