Resolution Calls for African American Museum

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A resolution is passed by the U.S. Congress on October 21, 1986, stating that an African American museum should be built to "recognize the heritage and accomplishments of all African Americans." The catalyst for the legislation was Tom Mack, president of Tourmobile, a local tour bus company. The legislation was sponsored by Representative Mickey Leland (D-Texas). After his death, the legislative effort was headed by Representative John Lewis (D-Georgia) and Senator Paul Simon (D-Illinois). The National Museum of African American History and Culture was eventually created by the Congress, through 117 Stat. 2676, P.L. 108-184, on 16 December 2003, as part of the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Lewis, John 1940 Feb. 21-
  • Simon, Paul 1928-2003
  • Leland, Mickey
  • Mack, Tom
  • African American Museum Project
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • United States Congress


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National African American Museum Fact Sheet, July 1992, Office of Public Affairs, Smithsonian Institution

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October 21, 1986


  • Law
  • History museums
  • Law and legislation
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • History
  • Legislation
  • Museums--Law and legislation
  • Blacks
  • African Americans--History


United States

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