John R. Kinard Appointed Director of Anacostia Neighborhood Museum

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Dr. John R. Kinard (1936-1989) is appointed the first director of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. The goal of the museum is to provide a window on the Smithsonian to the African American community in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kinard, a minister and community activist, will develop the museum into a center for African American history and culture. Kinard received his B.A. from Livingston College and his B.D. from Hood Theological Seminary.


  • Kinard, John 1936-1989
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
  • Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • In the image, Kinard is second from left, at groundingbreaking for a new museum building in 1985.
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest. 13th edition, 1973-1974. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1973.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




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