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BLACK AMERICA FINALLY HAS ITS OWN PLACE AT THE SMITHSONIAN

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture was over a century in the making. In 1915, black Civil War veterans collected funds they later put toward creating a museum on the National Mall to celebrate African-American achievement. In 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed Public Resolution 107, establishing a commission to plan its construction, but the project went nowhere. It took a renewed effort by lawmakers and African-American leaders beginning in the 1960s, and then decades of proposals before President George W. Bush signed legislation in 2003 authorizing the museum, which is set to open September 24.

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