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This fall, the doors of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public more than a century after the idea of such an institution was first discussed. A new addition to the landscape on the National Mall at the core of our region, it aims to tell true, unvarnished stories of the African American experience. And – at a time when our society still struggles with the legacy of slavery and segregation – use those stories to allow all to better understand the broader American experience. We talk with founding director Lonnie Bunch, III about what to expect and where the new institution fits into this region’s landscape of museums.
- Lonnie Bunch Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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