African-American Museum Celebrates First Anniversary

WI staff join community members for a visit to the Smithsonian's new African-American museum. (Lateef Mangum)
WI staff join community members for a visit to the Smithsonian's new African-American museum. (Lateef Mangum)

A year ago, the doors of the long-anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall, becoming the largest cultural destination devoted to exploring and displaying the African-American story.

In its inaugural year, the museum has welcomed nearly 3 million visitors, increased the number of items in its permanent collection to nearly 40,000 and hosted 46 public programs to help visitors understand historic and contemporary issues.

To that end, the museum will be celebrating the first anniversary of its opening on Sept-23-24.

To commemorate the two-day event, the museum invites the public to “Community Day” celebrations outside on the museum’s grounds, with free activities to engage the public.

The public is also encouraged to join the #VisitorVoices social media campaign where they can share aspects of their visit on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #VisitorVoices.

The campaign highlights stories from Reflection Booths inside the museum that allow visitors the opportunity to share their experience with the exhibitions on video testimonials. #VisitorVoices helps everyday people see themselves as part of the museum’s history and community.

The museum’s hours will be extended to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24.

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