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 guestsâ€”including Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Phylicia Rashad and Black Enterprise, among othersâ€”were on hand. The following pages are our personal snap shots from this historic event. â€”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.