New Museum Ensures Black History is Part of the American Story

Groundbreaking

On February 22, 2012, the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution, was held. Occupying a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the site is scheduled to open in 2015. A host of distinguished guests—including Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Phylicia Rashad and Black Enterprise, among others—were on hand. The following pages are our personal snap shots from this historic event. —Derek T. Dingle

Members of the museum staff and advisory council engage in the official groundbreaking for construction of the $500 million museum that will put a human face on slavery, the Great Migration, the Civil Rights Movement and every major aspect of African American life.

On February 22, 2012, the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History &…

Photo: Lonnie C. Major