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Article written by Radiclani Clytus concerns the National Museum of African American History and Culture. African Americans have been calling for a national symbol that represents their history since the early 1900's. The process of founding and funding the museum reflected the profoundly democratic struggles faced in America. The building itself, in both location and shape, serves as a physical and ideological manifestation of the black freedom struggle in America. The box shape that repeats itself inside and outside the museum serves to remind us that freedom comes in a box.


  • African American Museum Project
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture


Smithsonian History Bibliography

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Callaloo Vol 38 Journal

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


  • 2015
  • 20th century


  • Slavery
  • Design
  • Museum buildings
  • Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
  • Architecture
  • Civil rights movements
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Museum architecture
  • History
  • Race relations
  • National monuments
  • Civil rights movements--History
  • African Americans--History
  • Architectural design


  • United States
  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)


Cultural expressionism

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Number of pages: 08; Page numbers: 742-752

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