Joan Mondale Plays Drums at Museum of African Art

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Second lady Joan Mondale, wife of Vice President Walter Mondale, plays the drums after a press conference announcing the introduction of a bill to authorize the Smithsonian's acquisition of the Museum of African Art, now known as National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), with (l-r), Rep. Lindy Boggs of Louisiana, Rep. Walter E. Fauntroy of District of Columbia, Warren Robbins, NMAfA founder, and Senator Wendell Anderson of Minnesota.


  • Anderson, Wendell Richard 1933-2016
  • Boggs, Lindy 1916-2013
  • Fauntroy, Walter E
  • Mondale, Joan
  • Robbins, Warren M
  • National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs


  • Original film available in SIA Acc. 11-009.
  • Featured in the "Torch," March 1978.

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: March 1978, Image No. 78-1634-11

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1978
  • February 7, 1978

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Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU000371 [78-1634-11]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;

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