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Museum of African American History and Culture Groundbreaking

2:12 PM, Feb 23, 2012   |    comments
  • President Obama speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • Former first lady Laura Bush, third from left, joins other participants in the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The museum will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, art, history and culture.
  • Through the stories of individual people and families, the new museum will focus on three areas of study: African-American history, culture and community.
  • President and first lady Michelle Obama greet Piper Shillingford and Ajani Joseph Grant, both 4, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Piper and Ajani, students at a Brooklyn Montessori school, donated money they had collected for the museum.
  • Mae and Joel Reeves at the opening of Mae's hat shop in Philadelphia in 1954. She was one of the first black women business owners in downtown Philadelphia. The hat table in the background with the mirror has been acquired by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • Included in the museum's collection will be this ambrotype of Qualls Tibbs, a soldier who served in the Civil War.
  • For more than 70 years, Mae Reeves, 99, made hats for the women of Philadelphia, from the church ladies to celebrities, including Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. Now Reeves' work will be celebrated in the new museum with a recreation her West Philadelphia hat shop, which was one of the first businesses owned by a black woman in downtown Philadelphia. Here, Reeves wears one of her creations, a chiffon and velvet tea party hat from the 1950s.
  • An artist's rendering of the $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture. When it is completed in 2015, it will have seven levels and more than 323,000 square feet.
  • President Obama hugs Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a longtime congressman and civil rights advocate, after Lewis spoke at the groundbreaking for National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • Lonnie Bunch, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, says: "We are trying to humanize these big stories: slavery, migration, the civil rights movement."
  • A French Croix de Guerre medal from World War I, an artifact already included in the museum's collection, was awarded to Lawrence McVey, an African American who served with the 369th Infantry Regiment, an all-black American military unit that was assigned to the French army during the war.
  • Denyce Graves sings the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Behind Graves, from left, are former first lady Laura Bush, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough, first lady Michelle Obama and President Obama. The museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue, is set to open in 2015.
  • A hymn book that belonged to Harriet Tubman is among the artifacts to be displayed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
    
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WASHINGTON -- Wednesday, February 22nd, ground was broken at the site of the future Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in.

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