Category Archives: Museums

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House is a national historic site in Washington, D.C. preserving the memory of one of the most prominent African American women in history. The site is a three-story Victorian townhouse and a two-story carriage house, in which the National Archives for Black Women’s History is housed. Since the years Bethune…
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Anacostia Community Museum

The Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) is one of the twenty museums under the Smithsonian Institute. It represents the Anacostia neighborhood in Washington, D.C., of which the majority of the population has been African American since the 1960s. At this time the Smithsonian’s secretary S. Dillon Ripley proposed to create a museum that could reach this…
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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Nestled atop a hill, above the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, D.C., is the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. A former home, it is now a museum to honor one of the most notable African American abolitionists, writers, and orators during the 19th century. Frederick Douglass bought the house in 1877 and named it Cedar…
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National Museum of African Art

Founded in 1964, the National Museum of African Art was established as the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to African art. It started in the 1950s, when an American Foreign Service officer named Warren M. Robbins began collecting African antiques in Germany. With the intent of addressing racial issues and communicating an appreciation for…
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National Museum of African American History and Culture

On September 24th, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) made its mark as the Smithsonian Institution’s nineteenth--and newest--museum. The idea of an establishment to remember African American history had been in effect for almost a century, dating back to 1915--but with various cost and funding complications legislative action delayed until…
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