Opening in September 2016
The Museum will:
• Serve as a place to explore and revel in African American History and Culture
• Use African American History and Culture as a lens into what it means to be an American
• Tell the African American story in an international context
• Be a place of collaboration, dialogue, and reconciliation
The trapezoidal shape of the corona derives from architectural columns carved by Yoruban craftsman, Olowe of Ise.
Olowe’s sculptures were used as veranda posts, or columns, adorning the entrances to homes and shrines in traditional Yoruban courtyards in present day Nigeria.
Source: Courtesy of the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, Munich
Thanks to the staff members from the Office of Curatorial Affairs and the Information Technology Department at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture who assisted in the creation of this online exhibition.
Thanks also to staff members in the Smithsonian's Office of the CIO for their support of this project.
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