On view from May 2015-October 2017, Through the African American Lens demonstrated how the African American story is quintessentially an American one of determination, faith, perseverance, pride, and resilience.
The exhibition featured some of the more than 33,000 artifacts that have been collected by the Museum since its creation in 2003. Through the African American Lens is the Museum’s eighth exhibition and is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.The exhibition’s three sections—history, culture, and community—reflect the thematic strands of the new museum.
Learn about families and individuals who achieved success under difficult circumstances.
Examine how African Americans improved their circumstances – and continue to – through formal and informal institutions that served as beacons of hope, strength, and support.
Celebrate the bountiful creative expressions – from literature, theatre, music, and visual art, and dance – that have influenced society.