|Artist's conception of the NMAAHC SI / Terms|
At long last, thanks to overwhelming (and bipartisan!) support, D.C. is breaking ground on the National Museum of African American History and Culture today on the National Mall, with Phylicia Rashad as emcee and President Obama and Representative John Lewis, among others, in attendance.
While, obviously, this museum will be for all Americans, it will a celebration of D.C., too -- a city that has always been home to a part of the African American experience in times of trial and times of triumph (and all the times between). More than this, though, the museum will be for all people everywhere (as celebrations of culture, properly conceived, must needs be). When people visit Washington from far afield, they learn lessons that they can take back and apply to their own place, their own needs, their own culture (just as we ourselves have brought lessons home with us). The NMAAHC will add much to our national treasure, of the kind of capital that is enlarged and never diminished by repeated withdrawals.
We're all better off for it.
When: 9:00AM to 11:30AM via webcast (the ceremony will not be open to the public)
A brief timeline of events for the National Museum of African American History and Culture:
- 1915 - African American veterans of the Civil War petition for a memorial on the National Mall.
- 1929 - Legislation is passed authorizing the memorial, but no funding is obtained.
- 2003 - President George W. Bush re-authorizes the museum, setting funding, design, and site-selection in motion
- February 22, 2012 - Groundbreaking ceremony
- 2015 - Expected opening date