March 28, 2009 |
Six design concepts for the future national black history museum planned for the National Mall were unveiled Friday, mostly breaking with the tradition of boxy Smithsonian Institution museums by showcasing earthy elements and varied shapes. Any one of the proposed designs for the National Museum of African American History and Culture could mark a sharp departure in the architecture between the Capitol and Washington Monument for what could be the final museum added to the area.
August 28, 2009 |
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired the original casket of Emmett Till, whose brutal murder in 1955 energized the modern civil rights movement. The official announcement of the donation, made by the Till family to the Smithsonian Institution, will be made Friday, the 54th anniversary of his death, during a memorial service in Chicago, museum officials confirmed. What some might consider a horrific artifact would seem to be a necessary addition to the sweeping story of black triumphs and tragedies that the museum plans to tell when it opens on the Mall in 2015.
January 19, 2013 |
As the nation watches President Obama take the oath of office Monday for his second term, Americans may notice a more mature (and grayer) version of the hopeful candidate depicted in Shepard Fairey's ubiquitous 2008 campaign poster. Since then, Obama's likeness has been cartooned, lampooned and masterfully crafted by artists of varying inclinations. Although the official presidential portrait will not be revealed until the end of his second term, some interesting interpretations are already on view.
March 16, 2005
Museum director: Lonnie G. Bunch, president of the Chicago Historical Society for the last four years, has been named founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture that the Smithsonian Institution plans to build in Washington. Bunch, 52, was the curator of history at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles from 1983 to 1989, then held a series of positions at the Smithsonian before moving to the Chicago job.
October 16, 2009 |
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $10 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture planned for the National Mall in Washington. The grant announced Thursday will support the capital campaign for design and construction of the new museum. Allan Golston, president of the foundation's U.S. programs, said the museum will make the stories and history of African Americans available to everyone. Groundbreaking is expected in 2012, and the opening is slated for 2015.
July 4, 2005 |
On the eve of the Civil War, Maryland slave Isaac Dorsey was granted his freedom. He stored the legal proof of his new status in a handcrafted metal tube and passed it down to his descendants. His great-grandson, James Dorsey, recently donated these family treasures to the just-opened Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. But the $34-million institution, the largest African American museum on the East Coast, almost didn't get the gift.