The 100-Year Mission To Create
The National Museum Of African American History And Culture
By Robert L. Wilkins

News & Events

The Fight for African-American Museum Dates Back 100 Years

The fight for a national African-American museum started long before the millennium as one D.C. judge documents in his new book that explores 100 years of determination. Years ago, young attorney Robert Wilkins had a discussion with seniors at…

Read More

For Rep. John Lewis, African American Museum was a recurring dream

In 1988 — the year after he was sworn into Congress — civil rights leader John Lewis introduced a bill to create a national African American museum in Washington. Nothing happened. So he introduced it again the next year,…

Read More

Obama, Laura Bush break ground for African American museum

President Obama and former first lady Laura Bush joined Wednesday in celebrating the start of construction for the National Museum of African American History and Culture with groundbreaking ceremonies on the National Mall. The $500 million museum, created by…

Read More

Smithsonian Picks Notable Spot for Its Museum of Black History

After nearly a century of political infighting and delay, the Smithsonian Institution on Monday selected a prominent space on the Mall near the Washington Monument as the site of its National Museum of African-American History and Culture.  Supporters of…

Read More