Bills Introduced to Establish a 'Commission on Negro History and Culture'

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Summary

Several bills were introduced in the House and Senate in 1968 and 1969 to establish a "Commission on Negro History and Culture" and to "examine the possibilities" of establishing a national museum. Plans to create a federal national museum dedicated to African American history and culture mushroomed in 1968, likely a result of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the surge of the Black Studies Movement. Despite widespread support in the African American community, none of the bills passed.

Subject

  • King, Martin Luther Jr. 1929-1968
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • United States National Commission on Negro History and Culture

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

"The Time Has Come: Report to the President and to the Congress". National Museum of African American History and Culture Plan for Action Presidential Commission, last modified April 2, 2003, http://nmaahceis.si.edu/documents/The_Time_Has_Come.pdf.

Contact information

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

Date

1968

Topic

  • History museums
  • Law
  • Law and legislation
  • United States Congress, Relations with SI
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • History
  • Museums--Law and legislation
  • African Americans
  • Legislation
  • History--United States
  • African Americans--History

Place

United States

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