A Long-Awaited Addition to the National Mall

October 16, 2016

This week, the country officially welcomed a new museum to the National Mall: the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is the 19th Smithsonian museum, but the first-ever national museum dedicated to the history and culture of African-Americans. The idea of creating something dedicated to the contributions of African Americans started in the 1920s, but it wasn’t until 2003 when President George W. Bush assigned a commission to look into the idea of building a whole separate museum and signed the bill that gave the okay, that the process of building the museum officially began. Thirteen years later, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is now a reality. Among some of the items in the museum are the utensils that Harriet Tubman’s used, the dress that Rosa Parks was sewing on the bus when she refused to move for a Caucasian man, and the boxing headgear that Muhammad Ali wore during this matches.