Century in the Making exhibition. Seven panels with artifacts and text about the NMAAHC.
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A Century in the Making

The journey to open this museum took many attempts and numerous steps to realize. It involved the activism of private citizens and organizations, passage of federal legislation, construction of an inspiring new building, and collecting thousands...Read More

The entrance to the A Changing America exhibition featuring
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A Changing America

While the modern Civil Rights Movement achieved many victories, it did not end the struggle for freedom. As African Americans have continued to pursue goals of equity and justice, the definition of African American identity has also continued to...Read More

View of the Cultural Expressions exhibition with a large 360 degree video screen around the center of the room.
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Cultural Expressions

Culture shapes lives. It’s in the food people eat, the languages they speak, the art they create, and many other ways they express themselves. These traditions reflect the history and creative spirit of African American and other cultures of the...Read More

Entrance to Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom exhibition.
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Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom

With the end of slavery, African Americans had hoped to attain full citizenship. Instead they confronted a new form of oppression—segregation. Through their century-long struggle for civil rights, they challenged the nation to live up to its...Read More

Entrance to Double Victory exhibition. A large blue flag is framed in the center of the wall.
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Double Victory

From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, African Americans have served in the United States military. In defending their country, they hoped to earn freedom and citizenship and contribute to a changed America where racial equality was...Read More

Everyday Beauty exhibition with a man standing at an interactive table.
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Everyday Beauty

African Americans have long recognized the power of images. Photographers and filmmakers have used the camera to document everyday life as well as to challenge negative perceptions, demonstrate the strength of the human spirit, and promote social...Read More