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National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates first anniversary
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: September 23, 2017 08:32PM
[www.cbsnews.com]

More than 8,000 people a day walk through the museum, twice as many people as organizers had prepared for. It's been a overwhelming response to a place that confronts painful issues people don't always want to talk about -- and celebrates the triumphs -- reports CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford.

..."It is an act of patriotism to understand where we've been," President Obama said at the opening ceremony.

With former President George W. Bush and luminaries from politics and entertainment, historian Lonnie Bunch laid out his hope for the new museum he helped create.

"I realize it's a clarion call to remember," Bunch said.

Bunch recounted the days leading up to the museum's opening.

"I have to be honest. Two weeks before opening, I was terrified," Bunch told CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford.

"Was it more that, you know, 'I built it. Now are they gonna come?' Or 'How will they react?'" Crawford asked him.

"It was more, was-- was I right to focus on slavery and to give people a real understanding of that?" Bunch said. "Was it right to start with the slave trade and eventually get up to the promised land of music or film? … But then I realized, my wife said, 'It's too late now.'"

...The response has been overwhelming, with free, timed tickets disappearing as soon as they become available and crowds waiting for hours to see the museum's more than 3,000 exhibits.

Seventy percent of the items in the museum came from people's homes – the most powerful often the most humble – like freed slave Joseph Trammel's tin wallet, handmade to protect his freedom papers.

"And this is, to me, what is so moving about people trusting the museum to be able to take those amazing documents and those artifacts. In essence, because of that, we've been able to create a sacred space," Bunch said.




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Re: National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates first anniversary
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 23, 2017 08:44PM
thumbs up thumbs up



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Re: National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates first anniversary
Posted by: Joseph C.
Date: September 23, 2017 09:10PM
An extraordinary museum.

The free tickets are frequently "sold out" months in advance.

But, you can sometimes get a ticket the day of your visit via their online service. [nmaahc.si.edu]
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Re: National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates first anniversary
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 23, 2017 11:49PM
I've seen the lines on a few occasions when down on the mall, and I keep thinking I'll wait until the lines dissipate, but....
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Re: National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates first anniversary
Posted by: vision63
Date: September 24, 2017 12:23PM
I'm looking forward to enjoying it.
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Re: National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates first anniversary
Posted by: $tevie
Date: September 24, 2017 07:49PM
I cannot believe it's been a year. God, I'm getting old.



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Re: National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates first anniversary
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: September 25, 2017 08:00AM
Every American should visit this museum several times. There is a history there you have not been privileged to know in its fullness and depth.



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