National Museum of African American History and Culture - Happy 10th Anniversary!


Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the legislation which established the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) at the Smithsonian Institution. Here is a timeline of key moments in their history thus far:

  • December 16, 2003 - Public Law 108-184 - National Museum of African American History and Culture Act establishes the museum at the Smithsonian
  • October 2004 - Board of Regents appoints nineteen members to the National Museum of African American History and Culture Council to serve as advisors to the project
  • March 14, 2005Lonnie G. Bunch III, then director of the Chicago Historical Society, was appointed Founding Director of the museum
  • January of 2006 - Board of Regents selects the museum site on the National Mall near the Washington Monument on the southwest corner of 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Northwest 
  • 2007-2008 - Staff complete extensive planning for the museum building, and an Environmental and Historic Preservation Report in May 2008
  • 2007 - Museum staff complete their inaugural exhibit, Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits, at the National Museum of American History
  • 2008 - Save Our African American Treasures Program begins with workshops on the preservation of historical materials for African American communities across the country
  • April 2009The design team of Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group was selected from among twenty-two entries submitted by architectural firms worldwide
  • 2010 - Exhibition - Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment
  • 2011 - Exhibition - The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect and For All the World to See
  • February 22, 2012 - Groundbreaking ceremony for the museum
  • November 17, 2013 - First objects get installed in the museum

Installation of a restored segregation-era railway car, circa 1918 in the National Museum of African

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