The Museum’s Center for the Digitization and Curation of African American History, funded by Robert F. Smith, uses innovative technology to preserve and share African American history and culture.

This Center is made up of four key components: The Robert F. Smith Explore Your Family History Center, the Community Curation Program, the Great Migration Home Movie Project, and the Internships and Fellowships Program.

Through each component, the Museum seeks to expand access to African American history and cultivate broad interest in America’s Black past, genealogy, and culture.

Museum staff engage with visitors in the Robert F. Smith Explore Your Family History Center

Center Initiatives

The Center engages with communities and institutions through all its key components; including the Community and Professional Curation Programs and the Internship and Fellowships Program which cultivates the next generation of cultural leaders.
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Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center

The Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center helps people begin their family history journey and learn the basics of researching African American genealogy.

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Community Curation Program

The Community Curation Program is an innovative digital-first initiative bridging the generational divide in African American communities.

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Robert Frederick Smith Internship and Fellowship Program

The Robert Frederick Smith Internship and Fellowship Program seeks to build pathways for historically underrepresented individuals to grow successful careers in the cultural sector.

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The Great Migration Home Movie Project

The Great Migration is a unique digitization service program that partners the National Museum of African American History and Culture with individuals and organizations across the United States to preserve their important analog audiovisual media.

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Explore the Collection

Discover the many ways African American History has been digitized.

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