First House Resolution for African American Monument

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Summary

Congressman Leonidas C. Dyer of Missouri introduces the first bill (HR18721) for a memorial on the National Mall for African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War and the First World War. This marks the beginning of the quest for a national museum dedicated to the history and culture of African Americans, ultimatley leading to the establishment of the National Museum of African American history and Culture, which opened in 2016

Subject

  • Dyer, Leonidas Carstarphen 1871-1957
  • United States Congress House
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • United States Congress

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Brooks, LeRonn P. "Past/ Present/ Future Memory, Legislation, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture." Calloloo 30, no. 4 (May/June 2015): 711-28. doi:https://muse.jhu.edu/article/609825.

Contact information

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

Date

December 12, 1916

Topic

  • Law
  • Law and legislation
  • Museums
  • History
  • African Americans
  • Legislation
  • Museums--History
  • Legislative histories
  • African Americans--History
  • Museums--Law and legislation

Place

Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

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