The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will celebrate the first anniversary of its opening Sept. 23–24. A year ago this month, the museum opened on the National Mall, becoming the largest cultural destination devoted to exploring and displaying the African American story. In its inaugural year, the museum has welcomed nearly 3 million visitors through its doors, increased the number of items in its permanent collection to nearly 40,000 and hosted 46 public programs to help visitors understand historic and contemporary issues.
To commemorate the first anniversary, the museum invites the public to two Community Day celebrations outside on the museum’s grounds with free activities to engage the public and encourages the community to join the #VisitorVoices social media campaign. We also encourage you to celebrate our first anniversary by sharing our social media toolkit with #APeoplesGift!