Celebrating Black History Month
Welcome to the Smithsonian
National Museum of African American History & Culture
Powerful moments in African American
history, culture, and community.
Renowned for their resourcefulness, speed, and creativity, a group of Florida artists known as the Highwaymen employed a unique painting style as a way to assert their economic independence and agency during and after the segregation era.
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.
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.
African Muslims in Early America
Islam has been a piece of the American religious fabric since the first settlers arrived in North America.
The Lynching of Matthew Williams
Whether used in remote backwoods, on the side of a bridge, or on a courthouse lawn, the lynch rope is one of this nation’s most compelling and enduring symbols of lynching.
Explore the Collection
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