FEATURE: How the Decades-Long Fight for a National African-American Museum Was Won

Finally…FINALLY!!! This article made my day.
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The museum, foreground, was designed by David Adjaye and sits on the National Mall near the Washington Monument, right. (MATT ROTH FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES) The museum, foreground, was designed by David Adjaye and sits on the National Mall near the Washington Monument, right. (MATT ROTH FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES)

article by Graham Bowley vianytimes.com

Eleven years ago, Lonnie G. Bunch III was a museum director with no museum.  No land. No building. Not even a collection.

He had been appointed to lead the nascent National Museum of African American History and Culture. The concept had survived a bruising, racially charged congressional battle that stretched back decades and finally ended in 2003 when President George W. Bush authorized a national museum dedicated to the African-American experience.

Now all Mr. Bunch and a team of colleagues had to do was find an unprecedented number of private donors willing to finance a public museum. They had to secure hundreds of millions of additional dollars from a Congress, Republican controlled, that had long fought the…

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  1. dancingpalmtrees
    Sep 17, 2016 @ 18:20:51

    While I was washing my clothes last Monday I saw a sneak preview on the Laundromat TV. Many African-Americans donated historic family items. I have some family photographs from the 19th Century that I would like to pass onto the museum since I never married nor had children. Previously I had thought of the Schomburg Museum in Harlem but this one will be better.

    • sepultura13
      Sep 18, 2016 @ 07:48:09

      I think that would be an awesome idea – 19th Century family photographs would be a wonderful donation!
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      I haven’t seen a sneak preview yet…time to do a Google search!

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