My Journey… A People’s Journey

I cannot get enough of the National Museum of African American History and Culture!  What a fabulous addition to the National Mall. I wouldn’t call it an obsession (yet), but any time the opportunity to visit presents itself, I am there. I am beyond grateful that I’ve experienced it, both as a volunteer and a patron.

To promote the NMAAHC’s pillar of knowledge sharing, let me help you become familiar with some essential elements of the museum’s creation and structure:

  • The NMAAHC came to life through legislation signed by President Bush on December 16, 2003.
  • The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held in February 2012 during Black History Month, how fitting.
  • According to Principal Architect, David Adjaye (Ghana represent!), the building design was inspired in part by a carved wooden sculpture by the Yoruba artist, Olowe of Ise.
  • The NMAAHC is enveloped in three levels of bronze-coated aluminum panels that tilt outward at an angle designed to match the capstone on the Washington Monument.
  • The pattern on the exterior panels resembles railings made by enslaved 19th-century craftsmen in New Orleans, L.A. and Charleston, S.C.
  • The museum is 60 percent underground, 40 percent above, covering over 600 years of history.
  • The NMAAHC’s collection boasts nearly 37,000 objects, thanks to the institution and donors.

A beautiful space inspired by history, built on history, and full of history! Why would you ever leave?

During my visits, I have captured photographs of outstanding art, eye-opening exhibitions, and mind-blowing artifacts.  For a glimpse of my experiences, check out the gallery below.