The Community Curation Program is an innovative, digital first initiative bridging the generational digital divide. By bringing the Museum's digitization services to diverse communities across the country and creating a unique online platform, the program supports the preservation and sharing of community history and culture.

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Nashville 2023

New Orleans 2022

Chicago 2019

Denver 2018

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Share Your Story

The Community Curation Platform provides a unique opportunity for individuals, families, and community groups to share their stories as part of the Museum's online community collection. Begin sharing your stories today by creating an online account with the Museum and uploading your digitized photos and videos. Visit our Submission Guidelines to learn tips on digitizing and what makes for a great community story.

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Featured Stories

Picture of Bernice Liddle in cap and gown.

Bernice Liddie’s Enrollement in Bennett College

Our late mother, Bernice Russell Liddie, graduated with a B.A. degree in sociology from Bennett College in 1950 (see photo) and later obtained a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University. However, she always considered herself a life-long “Bennett Belle,” who consistently expressed her unwavering support and fondness for Bennett College.
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How My Family and I Befriended Isaac Hayes

When I was in high school, I was a budding artist and one of the paint projects we had to do was an abstract assignment. My brother had just introduced me to the music of Isaac Hayes, Hot Buttered Soul.
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Wallace A. Barksdale, Washington, DC businessman (1886-1953)

Wallace A. Barksdale (June 23, 1886 – August 12, 1953) was a successful African-American businessman in Washington, D.C. who owned several restaurant establishments, a hotel and several real estate properties in the District.
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That Look

This image inspired me to discover so many more vintage photos, still hidden in boxes, waiting for new life. It has since become my Quarantine project to create as many same themed images as possible and compile them into an album as a legacy gift to my family.
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Learn More

The Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Museum as part of the Explore More! interactive gallery area. The Center provides digital resources supporting the preservation, digitization, and sharing of African American family history. Visitors to the Museum receive expert guidance on genealogy, oral histories, and how to preserve family films, videos, and photographs through hands on workshops and digitization sessions in our media lab. For more information, or to make an appointment for a personalized digitization session, email NMAAHC-Digitization@si.edu.

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