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The National Museum of African American History and Culture - The New York Times

A curated walk through the hallways of the newest Smithsonian museum before it opens next week. 13 years in the making, it attempts to depict the pain and pride of the black experience in America.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture - DONATED BY GINA MCVEY, OAK GROVE, CALIF.  “In 2010, I took my car to the dealership to get it fixed and there was a man sitting next to me in military uniform and we started talking. I happened to mention that my grandfather fought in World War I and was awarded the Croix de Guerre medal. He said, ‘Do you know what you have?’ I said, ‘A medal.’ He said, ‘You have history.' I found out he was part of the Harlem Hellfighters.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

A curated walk through the hallways of the newest Smithsonian museum before it opens next week. 13 years in the making, it attempts to depict the pain and pride of the black experience in America.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture - The New York Times

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

A curated walk through the hallways of the newest Smithsonian museum before it opens next week. 13 years in the making, it attempts to depict the pain and pride of the black experience in America.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture - The New York Times

A curated walk through the hallways of the newest Smithsonian museum before it opens next week. 13 years in the making, it attempts to depict the pain and pride of the black experience in America.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture - The New York Times

A curated walk through the hallways of the newest Smithsonian museum before it opens next week. 13 years in the making, it attempts to depict the pain and pride of the black experience in America.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture - The New York Times

A curated walk through the hallways of the newest Smithsonian museum before it opens next week. 13 years in the making, it attempts to depict the pain and pride of the black experience in America.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture - The New York Times

A curated walk through the hallways of the newest Smithsonian museum before it opens next week.

The "Black Cabinet"

the black cabinet was first known as the federal council of negro affairs, an informal group of african-american public policy advisors to franklin roosevelt.

Alabama Fire Department Aims High-Pressure Water Hoses at Civil Rights Demonstrators. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Charles Moore.

Two African American men and an African American woman being sprayed with high-pressure fire hoses, as they lean against the glass windows of a brick building, May (Charles Moore)

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