Initiatives

African American Treasures session
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African American Treasures

Save Our African American Treasures is a collaboration among cultural institutions, community leaders and the public to preserve and collect African American material culture.Read More

March on Washington--Marchers Gathering at the Lincoln Memorial After Walking from Washington Monument Grounds, August 28, 1963
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Civil Rights History Project

The Museum and the Library of Congress have produced an invaluable look at the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights History Project provides faces and voices to many of the previously unknown individuals who made valuable contributions to the...Read More

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In Slavery's Wake

In Slavery’s Wake—Slavery, Freedom, and the Making of Our World, the exhibition will travel to Africa, Europe and the Americas, shifting the way we think about, talk about, and represent the history of slavery, race, and globalization and its...Read More

Memory Book photo collage
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Memory Book

The Memory Book is a signature NMAAHC initiative launched with the first version of the NMAAHC website in 2007. Memory Book was conceived as a social network dedicated to collecting the memories and histories of our visitors.Read More

Museum Building, Exterior
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Oral History Initiative

The mission of the Museum’s Oral History Initiative is to document, preserve, and interpret African American stories through the art and practice of oral history.Read More

This colorful, modernist painting depicts women and a young girl walking in front of a long line of others. The figures move out of a shadowy background on the left, towards the light, emanating from the upper right corner. The line appears to be moving forwards, out of the picture plane. The women leading the line step forward strongly to the viewer's right; their leg movements are delineated by the columns of strongly contrasting light and shadow of their long skirts.
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Our American Story

A Page From Our American Story, is a regular on-line series for Museum supporters. It showcases individuals and events in the African American experience, placing these stories in the context of a larger story — our American story.Read More

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Slave Wrecks Project

The Slave Wrecks Project is designed to combine research, training and education to build new scholarship and knowledge about the study of the global slave trade through the lens of slave shipwrecks.Read More

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Smithsonian Transcription Center

The Smithsonian Transcription Center is a pan-Smithsonian website that allows digital volunteers, or “volunpeers,” from around the world to transcribe documents, photograph captions, field books, and other materials online. Read More