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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100 Years in the making

AFRICAN AMERICAN History is
OUR HISTORY

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all.

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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

Through the
African American Lens

Selections from the permanent collection

African Americans have survived slavery, fought for their freedom in the Civil War, for the freedom of others in subsequent wars, and created lives of meaning for themselves, their families, and their country. Since its creation in 2003, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has been collecting items—large and small—to tell the story of America through the African American lens.

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