John R. Kinard, Director of Anacostia Museum, Dies

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John R. Kinard (1936-1989), founding director of the Anacostia Museum, dies after a long illness. Dr. Kinard shepherded the new museum through its early years, built a new museum building at Fort Place, S.E., and set its course as a museum of African American history and culture.


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


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Zora Martin-Felton and Gail S. Lowe. A Different Drummer: John Kinard and the Anacostia Museum. Washington, D.C.: Anacostia Museum, 1993.

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


August 5, 1989


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