The Man, The Movement, The Museum: The Journey of John R. Kinard as the First African American Director of a Smithsonian Institution Museum

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A biography of John R. Kinard (1936-1989), a minister, civil rights activist, and founding director of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, now the Anacostia Community Museum. He was also the first African American director of a Smithsonian museum, breaking ground on numerous fronts throughout his life.


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


Smithsonian History Bibliography


  • Joy Kinard is a historian and the daughter of John R. Kinard.
  • Special Commemorative Edition, 50th Anniversary of the Anacostia Community Museum, 1967-2017.

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


  • 2017
  • 20th century


  • Civil rights movements
  • Museums
  • History
  • Clergy
  • Civil rights movements--History
  • Museum directors
  • African Americans--History
  • African Americans


  • United States
  • Washington (D.C.)



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Number of pages: 231; Page numbers : i-231

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