A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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Cars with Identities

Lowriders are cars that express identities—social, cultural, aesthetic. With their extended bodies and low to the road roll, the cars have been a vehicle of choice for cruising, a popular pastime in many American communities since the mid-twentieth century. Lowriding puts both the cars and their riders on display.

Many Lenses Three museums, five objects, many lenses
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Explore the Collection

Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection as we celebrate our 1st Anniversary all month long. Follow #APeoplesJourney on Twitter for more stories from our collection each day this month.

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