Begin with the Past

Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Author(s):  Mabel O. Wilson
Publisher:  Smithsonian Books
Year:  2016
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This book explores how this unparalleled museum found its place in the nation’s collective memory and on its public commons. Mabel O. Wilson explores how the "four pillars" of the museum's mission shaped its powerful structure, and she teases out the rich cultural symbols and homages layered into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape. This is an important inside look at the making of a monument.