Oxford AASC: African American Museums

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African American Museums

Six times a year, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center provide insights into black history and culture, showing ways in which the past and present interact by offering specially commissioned featured essays, photographic essays, and a selected list of articles that will further guide the reader. The latest Focus On looks at African American Museums.

Photo Essay

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    African American Museums

    On September 2016, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opened its doors. In celebration of the Smithsonian Institute newest museum this photo series takes a look at an assortment of African American Museums. Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of NNAAHC, said "there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history." Each of the museums in this photo essay, provide history, restoration, and a continuing dialogue for African American culture and art. From contemporary African American art, to celebrating the young fearless leaders of the Greenboro sit-in and cowboys in the west, these museums offer a comprehensive look into the variety of African American lives and the importance of these lifes to our communities.

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Featured Articles

The following entries have been selected from our archives to help guide readers learn more about African American Museums.

(Access to the following articles is available only to subscribers.)

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