African American Museum Opens
The Smithsonian Institution opens the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 24—The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens its doors to the public. The Smithsonian Institution’s 400,000-square-foot building sits next to the Washington Monument and includes such artifacts as Rosa Parks’ dress and Michael Jackson’s fedora, Harriet Tubman’s hymnal and Louis Armstrong’s trumpet. The opening came within 10 years in which the country elected its first black president and 53 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, also on the National Mall.
—The Washington Post