Museum of African American History and Culture Groundbreaking
Former first lady Laura Bush, third from left, joins other participants in the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The museum will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, art, history and culture.Full Story
#1 Feb 25, 2012
Great day for America.
Now her entire history can be enshrined. Too bad it can't be just American history, though painful for some it might be. And I don't mean painful to just black folks.
American Whites need to know their entire history. Not just the glorious parts, but the shameful parts as well. Maybe there's hope for reconciliation in America and thus for the world.
#3 Feb 25, 2012
Oh yea! Why so?
#5 Feb 26, 2012
First of all, the U.S. is not broke and certainly is no where being an impoverished third world country. Talk to these countries about being broke if you're not sure what it actually mean to be broke. Don't just read about it in some newspaper telling half the story. Our problem is that too few have and control the majority of the wealth and most of them are not looking to share it, even if the rest of us could earn it.
Secondly, if in fact we are broke, why do those like yourself persist in blaming it on the current administration?
#6 Feb 26, 2012
By the way the point wasn't whether it was borrowed or not that I took issue with your statement. I took issue with the "waste" part.
#7 Feb 26, 2012
New black history museum rising on D.C.'s National Mall
UPDATED: 2/26/2012 12:31 AM
By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Frederick Douglass was black and that was enough for the Smithsonian Institution to bar the famed abolitionist from speaking at a lecture series intended to convince President Abraham Lincoln that he should end slavery as war divided the nation in February 1862.
A century and a half later, the country's first black president helped break ground on a National Mall museum meant to give voice to the African-American experience long ignored by the chief repository of U.S. history and heritage.
The 19th Smithsonian museum, set to open in 2015, will rise on ground where "lives were once traded, where hundreds of thousands once marched for jobs and for freedom," President Barack Obama said. "It was here that the pillars of democracy were built often by black hands."
The Smithsonian's silencing of Douglass, who had escaped from slavery and rose to national prominence, was just one example of the museum's long neglect of black culture and contributions.
Obama said the National Museum of African American History and Culture would ensure that the sometimes difficult, often inspirational role that blacks have played will not be forgotten.
The museum will showcase Harriet Tubman's shawl, a Jim Crow-era segregated railroad car and Emmett Till's casket, as well as galleries devoted to military, sports and entertainment history.
"We will have stories that will make you smile and stories that will make you cry," the museum's director, Lonnie Bunch , told The Associated Press.
Congress has pledged to provide half the $500 million cost. The museum already has a gallery at the Smithsonian's American history museum with rotating exhibits to showcase its new collection and test different approaches with visitors.
The newest exhibit explores Thomas Jefferson's ownership of slaves and his advocacy against slavery, while also looking at the lives of six slave families who lived on his Monticello plantation in Virginia.
Such stories have been missing from the National Mall, and Bunch said that by presenting a fuller view of history and dealing directly with difficult issues such as race, the Smithsonian can present a fuller view of what it means to be an American.
"What this museum can do is if we tell the unvarnished truth in a way that's engaging and not preachy, what I think will happen is that by illuminating all the dark corners of the American experience, we will help people find reconciliation and healing," he said.
The groundbreaking also marks the start of a public fundraising campaign to build the museum. About $100 million has been raised to date in private funds. This includes $5 million gifts from Wal-Mart, American Express, Boeing, Target and UnitedHealth Group. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lilly Endowment each gave $10 million in recent years.
Earlier museums have focused on the Holocaust and to Native American history, and there is legislation to create a Smithsonian American Latino Museum.
#10 Feb 26, 2012
Not sure what your point is??????
#12 Feb 26, 2012
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