Stunning Images at National Museum of African American History and Culture

By Lillian Williams

As widely reported, President Obama dedicated the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on Sept. 25 with poet Langston Hughes’ words:”I, too, am America.”

The president spoke before some 7,000 persons gathered on the National Mall, exhorting: “African American history is not somehow separate than the American story. It is not the underside of the American story. It is central to the American story.”

But besides his speech, what captured my attention were the stunning images on the museum’s website!

The museum houses more than  36,000 artifacts that help to document African-American history and culture. Many images of those artifacts, however, can be found here.  Among the stunning visuals I found include the following two:



A photo of a voter registration motorcade of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women. It was dated September 8, 1956.


2010_71_14_2001Photo of ticket issued by Southern Railway Company.  This was used by Joan Trumpauer Mulholland for the Washington, DC to Montgomery, Alabama, “Freedom Train”  ride for the historic Selma-Montgomery March in March 1965.

Other images can be found here, separated by categories of people, subjects and exhibition highlights.

The museum is open 364 days a year, however, free timed passes are needed to gain entry. Look here for information on ticket availability. The museum is generally open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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