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A Remembrance of Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)remembers Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, scholar, curator, singer, composer, organizer, activist, colleague and founding member of our museum’s Scholarly Advisory Committee since 2007.
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Statement on the Death of Joe Madison

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture released the following statement on the legacy of Radio Hall of Famer, Joe Madison, who died January 31 at the age of 74.
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Statement on the Death of Artist Richard Hunt

“We at NMAAHC, with profound sadness, join the nation in mourning the passing of Richard Hunt. He was a titan among sculptors who created colossal works of art that challenge us to mine the depths of spirituality to find solace and strength, resilience and resolve."
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Statement on the Death of Pearl Bowser

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) mourns the passing of Pearl Bowser, who was an indispensable part of New York’s Black film culture during the ’60s and ’70s, serving as a collaborator, producer, editor and promoter.
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Statement on the Death of Clarence Avant, “The Godfather of Black Music”

Clarence Avant, also a film producer and entrepreneur, was one of the most powerful and influential figures in the entertainment industry, recognized for redefining Black entertainment and bringing greater visibility to Black artistry.
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Statement on the Death of Staff Sgt. Homer Hogues

Our museum honors the life of Staff Sgt. Homer Hogues, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, who passed away this week at age 96. Born in Navasota, Texas, in 1927, Hogues enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1946 at Fort Sam Houston. He was assigned to the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, as an airplane and engine mechanic.
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Statement on the Death of Charles L. Blockson

Scholar, collector, curator, and historian Charles L. Blockson leaves a rich legacy after dedicating his life to developing collections and documenting Black life.
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Statement on the Death of Tina Turner

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture mourns the death of Tina Turner and celebrates her tremendous legacy with gratitude.
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Statement on the Death of Harry Belafonte Jr.

Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, released the following statement today, April 25, on the death of Harold “Harry” George Belafonte Jr., American singer, actor, producer and civil rights activist died at the age of 96.
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Statement on Retirement of Kinshasha Holman Conwill

It is with a heavy heart that the Museum Family bids farewell to our beloved Kinshasha Holman Conwill, a leader with enormous gifts and a force who, over the years, has become the soul of this museum.
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