John R. Kinard, Director of Anacostia Museum, Dies, August 5, 1989, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, John R. Kinard (1936-1989), founding director of the Anacostia Museum, dies after a long illness. Dr. Kinard shepherded the new museum through its early years, built a new museum building at Fort Place, S.E., and set its course as a museum of African American history and culture..