New Museums to Tell Story of Liberty, Justice For ‘All’

Melanie Eversley, USA Today, February 12, 2014

Work is under way on two museums that their creators believe will help the public see that the African-American experience is an integral element of the American experience.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, the state capital, will help visitors gain broad perspectives about black people in America and even globally, their creators say. The Washington museum opens at the end of 2015, the Mississippi site in fall 2017.

“Those are going to be game changers,” says Samuel Black, president of the Association of African American Museums and director of African-American programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

The museum in Washington, decades in the planning and approved by Congress two years ago, is part of the Smithsonian Institution and has a unique opportunity because it sits on the National Mall and will be seen by visitors from all over the world, Black says.


The 330,000-square-foot National Museum of African-American Culture and History will house artifacts, art, audio recordings and other items of interest from eras that include slavery, the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement. The collection includes a shawl given to Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman by Britain’s Queen Victoria, slave shackles believed to be from West Africa and one of the Motherships (a stage prop) used by the R&B group Parliament Funkadelic during concerts.

The goal is to bring African-American culture out of the wings, says Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian museum. “Our notions of liberty, citizenship, equality have all been profoundly shaped by the African-American experience,” Bunch says. “What I want is for people to realize this is their story.”


Freelon Group Architects, based in Durham, N.C., is the architect of record. Firm founder Phil Freelon says he and fellow project architects David Adjaye and Max Bond wanted the bronze building to respect its surroundings of the National Mall and the Washington Monument, and also have a sense of permanence and durability.

“The bronze element of the exterior is something that speaks to this,” Freelon says. “It’s an ancient material, it’s one that has meaning across time, and it was a deliberate choice to have a modern interpretation of this material that’s understood as one that has historical meaning.”


The Freelon firm also is the architect for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, a 72,506-square-foot space that will share a site with the new Museum of Mississippi History.


The Mississippi museum is still early in the planning stages, but it was intentional, and symbolic, that the two structures share a central outdoor space, Freelon says. “That was our way of acknowledging the notion of reconciliation of two parts that are coming together.”

The Mississippi and Washington museums are part of a trend in recent decades of the construction of prominent institutions for African-American culture and history in major cities. But African-American museums can be as small as a private, one-room building with a staff of one, Black says. The first such institution was the Hampton University Museum in Hampton, Va., founded in 1868.


The Mississippi institution is the first state-supported civil rights museum in the country. Mississippi is spending $40 million to build the exterior of that building and the other museum that will share the site, and another $40 million for the exhibits and interior. Fundraising is under way for the $14 million in private money needed, and the state will pay a matching $14 million for exhibits.

Bunch says $400 million of the $500 million needed for the Smithsonian museum has been raised.

“I was confident when we didn’t have anything,” Bunch says. “I think the reality is that people realize the time is right.”

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  • NeanderthalDNA

    Yet another opportunity to use our taxpayer money to finance our genocide!

    Hey, here’s some more half made up “history” to beat Whites down and make blacks look good and feel good. Aren’t you happy, evil whitey?

    • Oil Can Harry

      While whites build actual spaceships a black museum features a prop spaceship from a 1970s funk concert.

      Maybe next the museum will showcase one of the giant clocks Flavor Flav wears around his neck.

      • Tarczan

        Who is flavor Fav?

        • NeanderthalDNA

          This “human being”. I think he’s a Norwegian from the hat…

          • He looks more like a “rocket scientist” to me. The fact that this “man” is still dressing that way at the age of 54 was my first indication.

          • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

            I have a friend who rented her house in Lake Balboa to him from 2005 to 2011, so I met him a couple times. Although he left without paying his last payments, she made a nice chunk of change from him, just about what she paid for the house in 1993. He hardly lived there being on the road most of the time, so amazingly her house wasn’t trashed in typical negro fashion, except for the refrigerator that got ruined because the power was shut off and the food therein rotted for weeks.

        • Brian

          A minstrel show on two legs.

      • The Final Solution

        Maybe they will have the coke bottle from the Gods Must Be Crazy.

  • Whitetrashgang

    I would like to see a museum of when black people take over formerly white Countries and see what then happens.O vey

    • Oil Can Harry

      No need for a museum, just visit the morgue.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Haiti. Most Muslim countries.

  • gemjunior

    Let’s have a museum showing all the “African Technology” and inventions for the betterment of science. I hope we get to see the Kenyan Space Program and and Aerospace Program. Yes, that is so very important to show in the “museum” about wonderful contributions of Africans. Perhaps there should be a life size carjacking in progress, and a black on white rape assault. Other interesting crimes can be catalogued.

    • sbuffalonative

      It’s amazing how little they have to display. Aren’t they going to include all the great black inventions? I guess they had to make room for “Motherships (a stage prop) used by the R&B group Parliament Funkadelic during concerts”.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Now that is a post sir, African Technology and don’t forget beauty. Hair weaves and fake nails.

      • Hair weaves using – always remember – hair from south Korean women!

        • DNA Explains It All

          Well then where did ancient African beauties get their weave hair from?

    • Tarczan

      Don’t forget George Washington Carver and the peanut!

  • They won’t be “game changers” because the only whites who will visit them are already complete libtards. Here I am sitting at home, dinner’s on the stove, my daughter is reading, and my choices are “We’ll get dinner out instead, and visit a white guilt museum, or I can make some more shrimp lures for fishing while dinner cooks.”

    Which does anyone really think I am going to pick?

    • Tarczan

      I would hope you would choose to enrich your daughters’ life and choose the museum, but having been a regular visitor to this site, and witnessed some of your frankly racist comments I am sorry to say you will choose ignorance and bigotry.

      • Right the first time! I don’t consider cultural Marxist, anti-white brainwashing – or “enrichment” as you quaintly put it – as a useful part of child-rearing. I’d rather just take her fishing when the weather here improves.

        Why would I want to voluntarily participate in my own dispossession?

        • Tarczan

          I thought you knew it was a joke.

          • texasoysterman

            No way! Brooms? Really?

      • Whitetrashgang

        My middle name is racist, I blame my parents.

        • r j p

          My entire family is finally getting what I have been saying for years.

    • Brian

      Someday we will have a different type of ‘white guilt museum’– one that shows what the long-dead libtard diversitards used to believe, and schoolchildren will visit to learn what mistakes never to repeat.

  • sbuffalonative

    “Work is under way on two museums that their creators believe will help
    the public see that the African-American experience is an integral
    element of the American experience.”

    Blacks are always hoping for that magic bullet, that game changer that will turn it all around for them.

    Things like ending slavery, ending Jim Crow laws, affirmative action, integrated schools. Each one was a game changer but they never completely pan out.

    So here’s the next one, museums.

    And to pump attendance numbers they’ll bus in kids.

    • “And to pump attendence numbers they’ll bus in kids.”

      Using school district money, of course.

  • Jesse James

    Nope, not a game changer because not even blacks attend these ethnic museums. Just another huge and probably corrupt waste of tax payer money. More cash for minority contractors and more make work jobs for fake diversity degree holders.

    • Isn’t one of these – dedicated to a black playwright – out east somewhere now bankrupt and facing foreclosure, just because nobody went?

      • Jesse James

        I believe the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit is bankrupt and possibly going to close.

  • Tarczan

    $500 million for this? Well, as long as they are printing it….

    • DNA Explains It All

      Yeah but your IRA is denominated in $$$ too right? Take a pie, slice it either 4 ways or 50, your savings is being destroyed.

      • Tarczan

        No question about that. The only unknown is when it will fully collapse.

        • DNA Explains It All


  • Spartacus

    “Bunch says $400 million of the $500 million needed for the Smithsonian museum has been raised.”


    Remember what America was spending money on when it was a White country ?

    • If I recall correctly, we built the Panama Canal and landed men on the moon, among other things.

      • IstvanIN

        Hoover Dam, too!

      • Whitetrashgang

        Maybe black people were there first, how will we know until all black people are moved there. Section 8 in outerspace baby.

    • So CAL Snowman

      What, more lies for gullible hoople heads called the American people?

      • Spartacus


        • KevinPhillipsBong

          I seem to recall that Mott was a hoople.

        • So CAL Snowman

          If the White man walked on the moon in the early 70s imagine what he must be capable of today.

    • “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”


      It was a massive epic win for my tribe.

      We beat all the other tribes to the moon, especially that tribe way over there.

      Sure, we needed to steal a lot of German rocket scientists to do it, but consider that other tribe way over there also stole their share of German rocket scientists.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “The collection includes a shawl given to Underground Railroad conductor
    Harriet Tubman by Britain’s Queen Victoria, slave shackles believed to
    be from West Africa and one of the Motherships (a stage prop) used by
    the R&B group Parliament Funkadelic during concerts.”

    Wow that’s SOME collection they have, definitely worth $500 million of Whitey’s tax dollars. I’m sure it will rival the Louvre or the Uffizi. I mean what could be more inspiring and indicative of American history than a stage prop used by Parliament Funkadelic.

    • Maybe the collection should also include the plastic trash bag they used to suffocate Channon Christian, the fire-extinguisher they used to smash Reginald Denny’s skull, and the sharpened screwdrivers several blacks had in their attempted robbery of Bernard Goetz.

      • Whitetrashgang

        See now your just being rude, trash bags are black for a reason.

        • Some are black, but some are green, and others are white; they’re all useful. Not the kind of diversity the left likes!

      • DNA Explains It All

        Wow, thems all sure fire museum quality pieces there. Maybe interactive displays that call you a cracker and maybe have robotic black arms swinging knives at you as you walk by. Oh the possibilities and they have the white money to make it all possible.

        • On the bright side, they’ll go bankrupt and the buildings will be foreclosed. Afterward, we will be collectively treated to plenty of histrionic wailing about how white racism kept blacks from being “comfortable” visiting these sham “museums”.

  • Truthseeker

    “Our notions of liberty, citizenship, equality have all been profoundly shaped by the
    African-American experience,” Bunch says. “What I want is for people to realize this is their story.”

    How true. We now have less liberty, due to high levels of diversity requiring greater governmental control in order to keep the peace. Citizenship in this magnificent country built by the minds and hands of whites has been declared a universal human right, thus rendering it meaningless. And equality has become the religion of the West, despite no evidence of actual equality between racial groups existing, forcing us to frantically cobble together artificial equality for the sake of maintaining the illusion.

    Should we thank blacks for all this? Perhaps, though liberal white people are probably more to blame. Blacks and their historical grievance narrative were the perfect tool for our enemies, because it hit whites where they were weakest: in their consciences. Whites are too altruistic for their own good, and those who know how to exploit that fact can easily gain the benefits of the white man’s toil before he realizes he’s lost it.

    This museum is nothing but a shrine honoring the conquest of whites. Our culture has been degraded and marginalized, and our enemies want to celebrate. However, we’ll keep going. More of our people will wake up, and our nation will once again be a great one. We’ll move on to a new society without these flies in the ointment dragging us down. We’ll have our own sovereign homeland again someday, where our culture and our people will flourish, and traitors will not be dealt with lightly. We may be in a down period now, but we will rise again.

  • JohnEngelman

    An honest depiction of blacks in the United States would include mention of lower black average intelligence, and higher rates of crime and illegitimacy.

    American blacks have excelled in athletics and popular music, but not in areas requiring superior intelligence. Even in music they have contributed little to symphonic music, either as performers or composers.

    Even in the field of jazz, sophisticated jazz has often been composed by whites.

  • Bernie Grey

    The Museum of White Guilt

  • Truth Teller

    The Smithsonian is already full of black mythology.

  • bigone4u

    Suggested exhibits for the museums:
    1. Detroit–before and after photos
    2. MLK–audio tapes of his cavorting with white prostitutes.
    3. Michael Jackson–before and after photos; bonus photos of little white boys he “befriended”
    4. mugshots of Ray Nagin, Jesse Jr, et. al.
    5. live display of woman with the world’s biggest butt (she’s black); see it shake and quake every half hour
    6. Ashes and other debris from black riots of the 60s
    7. Mudshark display–wax figures “honoring” white women who went black
    8. Obama’s real birth certificate (the one from Kenya or wherever)
    9. tasteful display of hair weaves, skin lighteners, and hair straighteners
    10. ebonics in action; video of real black street lingo
    11. Knockout game display; life-size statue of elderly white man for black museum visitors to punch out
    Let’s all in the spirit of helpfulness pitch in and help the museums be accurate and truthful about blacks in America!

    • Sloppo

      I think you’re probably at least half joking, but maybe there is real potential. Maybe we should build a private museum to tell our side of the story, featuring exhibits which teach facts which would never be revealed at the politically-correct government-funded museums. I would want to bring my children to that museum if it had charts and graphs displaying the information discussed in “The Color of Crime”, and maybe some wax figures showing Chris Newsom and Channon Christopher before and after their last diversity encounter. It probably wouldn’t be the most pleasant experience for them, but young white people need to learn about the true meaning of diversity, and how it affects our civilization. This kind of museum could give children the ability to see through the fallacies of white-guilt propaganda. It could have a display about the north African pirates who kidnapped and enslaved more than a million Europeans. It could remind people that whites were the first people to outlaw slavery. I think that kind of museum could provoke a great deal of curiosity. And if it somehow stirred up some controversy (which might be unavoidable), that would probably only make it more successful.

  • dd121

    Put that museum right next to the one that claims how evil whites are for nuking the Japanese to end the war.

  • libertarian1234

    “New Museums to Tell Story of Liberty, Justice For ‘All’

    Yeah, I’ll just bet they will. It’s take an in depth analysis to disprove all the lies they’ll be telling.

    Blacks DO NOT contribute to the betterment of anything. They contribute to the destruction of everything.

    Case closed.

  • JDInSanD

    May I recommend instead the National Air and Space Museum. the most visited museum on the planet.

    • DNA Explains It All

      Racist, how dare you suggest that the contributions of the white man amount to more than that of our dusky brethren! We have deemed them equal (lying eyes be damned)!

    • I’d like to get there someday. Apparently the Russians have a truly amazing armored vehicle museum at Kubinka, outside Moscow.

    • Tarczan

      Is that where they have the capsule that D’uantavious Booker flew to Mars and back?

  • TXCriollo

    That will be first on my list to visit….. not a chance

  • Tarczan

    So the darkie museum in Pittsburgh is bankrupt, but the fed Gov can print money for this?
    Buy guns, beer and survival stuff. It can’t be long.

    • DNA Explains It All

      Plant tobacco too. Learn to distill, brew, weld and most of all SHOOT, MOVE, COMMUNICATE.

  • Steven

    Slavery in the U.S. defines us even to this day. Slavery is as American as apple pie – might as well curate the phenomenon for all to see.

    • Tarczan

      How many slaves have you known?

      • Steven

        Define slave.

        • MBlanc46

          Hey folks, Bill Clinton is posting on AmRen! Great to see you Bill!

        • A slave is someone who works while others dispose of the product of his labor. Taxpaying, private-sector whites are thus slaves.

          Next question?

  • r j p

    Samuel Black, president of the Association of African American Museums and director of African-American programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.
    Let’s just say he is president of the Association of Elementary School Children Indoctrination Centers because those are the only people visiting these places via school field trips.

  • MBlanc46

    The good people of Mississippi can spend their money any way they wish. But I don’t recall being asked whether I want my tax money spent on a museum of monkeyshines.

  • Who Me?

    What a classy, tasteful and modest display of African ladies showing their respect for the dearly departed by twerking and humping each other. (Was that his bones in the dirt in front of the twerking display?)
    Twerking = twitching and flapping hunks of fat on over sized buttocks in a supposedly sexually provocative manner.

    • Anglo

      I can’t make out bones, but I do see the shovels and mounds of dirt. I don’t know if this licentious spectacle is prior to the burial or after the burial. I do know “twerking” originated in West Africa.

    • Brian

      Twerking is provocative all right; but when I need to vomit I prefer Ipecac.

  • antiquesunlight

    They should just have a Jazz Museum. As far as I can tell, their bastardization of classical music is about the only thing they’ve created that is of any major value.

  • Diana Moon Glampers

    500M to build something which will be mostly ignored. Its main function will end up being to confuse foreigners who will wonder why we build temples to such things and why Africans rule over Caucasians in America while also living in ghettos.

  • Current US import laws allow raw hair to be imported only from the Republic of (south) Korea.

  • Brian

    Brings a new meaning to ‘The Yellow Peril’.

  • scutum

    “The 330,000-square-foot National Museum of African-American Culture and History ” This is way to much space for a display on black culture and history. A more appropriate size would be about 2′ by 2′.