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Grand Reopening for African American Civil War Museum

WI Web Staff Report | 7/16/2011, 10:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- A weekend of festivities is accompanying the re-opening of The African American Civil...

WASHINGTON -- A weekend of festivities is accompanying the re-opening of The African American Civil War Museum in Washington.

While the grand re-opening for the museum is being held on Monday, July 18, the new location in Northwest Washington hosted a series of discussions this weekend on topics ranging from teaching the Civil War to women in the Civil Rights Movement. On July 17, the museum will host a film festival.

The original African American Civil War Museum opened on U Street in 1999 near the African American Civil War Memorial. Its new location on Vermont Avenue provides about 5,000 square feet after a $5 million renovation. The original location only had about 700 square feet. The new museum also includes a media center and research area.

"We've wandered around like nomads . . . we've finally got a home and a great location," said museum founder and director Dr. Frank Smith.