Rising from the National Mall, within sight of the Washington Monument, is the majestic, bronzed aluminum-clad Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture, which opened to the public on Sept. 24.

Its exhibits take you from the basement and the depths of slavery’s despair, up through the challenges of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement and into bright and contemporary upper levels reflecting an America greatly changed by the cultural, political and technological contributions of black people.

Walk with us as we explore this history below. 

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