(Featured Photo by Peter Flint)
IGDC had the distinct pleasure of attending a private tour of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture ahead of their official opening September 24th.
Washington’s newest museum on the Mall is not only an architectural delight but it contains 400,000 square-feet of artifacts important in the history and culture of the African American journey. It records the tragedies and obstacles, the triumphs, the passion, the influence and the contributions these men and women experienced in our history.
It was an incredible experience wandering the halls together. Many of the stories display heart-wrenching, terrible and sad moments in our nation’s history but so many others are full of optimism, love and inspiration. We were blown away. The mood in the museum was celebratory and you could tell, even from the construction staff still hard at work, that the pride in finally showing off 100 years of hard work was deeply felt.
It’s a powerful experience to walk the halls and exhibition cases and we cannot wait to see how our community interprets the museum.
To see images from the day, please check #apeoplesjourney and #igdc. Some of our favorites are here:
For the 100-year history of how the museum came to be, we recommend this NPR article: