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.
In front of “The Big Egg” created by Edward Clark in 1968.
Charles Alston, “Walking” 1958
Prominent South Carolina Artist, Sweetgrass Basket weaver, Mary Jackson
The Brown Paper Bag Test was a type of racial discrimination in the US. A brown paper bag was used as a way to determine whether or not an individual could have certain privileges: only individuals with a skin color that is the same color or lighter than a brown paper bag were allowed. This is what happens when you’re taught white is right instead of black is beautiful.
“New Orleans Niggah” by Barkley Hendricks 1972
“The Liqidity of Legacy” by Newark, N.J.’s Chakaia Booker
Birthplace of hip hop… The Bronx
The exterior of NMAAHC-architectural design by David Adjaye
Iconic words outside of the Emmett Till Memorial
Capturing Love: Jackie Robinson with his wife Rachel Isum Robinson and their son.
Backdrop of the exhibition on segregation 1876-1968: Restored Pullman Palace passenger car, which ran along the Southern Railway route during the “Jim Crow” era of the 20th century.
A PT-13 Kaydet built in 1944 and flown by the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.
Yummy soul food from the museum’s Sweet Home Cafe
A sculpture of John Carlos with Tommie Smith. Both athletes raised gloved fists on the podium during the National Anthem at the Olympics in Mexico City on October 16, 1968.
Quick snapshot The Underground Series — Screening and Discussion, September 26, 2016
I got the book and saw Luvvie while volunteering at I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual – A Conversation with Luvvie Ajayi, September 27, 2016
Home: Greensboro, NC- remembering the Greensboro 4.
Young women protesting for education
Stone slave auction block from Hagerstown, Maryland