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Smithsonian’s new secretary, Lonnie Bunch III, faces political and financial challenges | The Washington Post

Peggy McGlone, The Washington Post G. Bunch III — the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture — has been appointed secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, becoming the first African American leader in its 173-year history. The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents introduced Bunch as the institution’s 14th secretary on Tuesday morning. He succeeds David J. Skorton, who announced his resignation in December and whose last day is June 15. Bunch, 66, takes over a quasi-federal institution of 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo that is supported by 7,000 employees and a […]

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An Intimate History of America | The Paris Review We made our way through the exhibitions that document the state-sanctioned violence black people experienced over the course of generations, pausing to study the images and take in their explanations

We made our way through the exhibitions that document the state-sanctioned violence black people experienced over the course of generations, pausing to study the images and take in their explanations

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Smithsonian African American History Museum Gets Own Stamp | The Afro The United States Postal Service will immortalize the Smithsonian National Museum of African American and Culture on a Forever stamp slated to be issued next week.

The United States Postal Service will immortalize the Smithsonian National Museum of African American and Culture on a Forever stamp slated to be issued next week.

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Smithsonian’s Black History Museum Changes Ticket Policy, Extends Hours for Holidays In an effort to get more visitors through its doors, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., will now make free, same-day visitor passes available online rather than requiring patrons to wait in line.

In an effort to get more visitors through its doors, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., will now make free, same-day visitor passes available online rather than requiring patrons to wait in line.

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‘Allowing America to Confront Its Tortured Racial Past’

[two_fifth padding=”0 35px 0 10px”]‘ALLOWING AMERICA TO CONFRONT ITS TORTURED RACIAL PAST’ BY   Clare Foran PUB   The Atlantic [/two_fifth][three_fifth_last padding=”0 0px 0 10px”]The Smithsonian Institution museums that dot the National Mall in Washington, D.C. memorialize a certain version of American history. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened earlier this month, is now a part of that official narrative. It recounts black history in the United States, and in doing so, presents a narrative about the story of America. “The story of the African American is so central to America’s definition of itself, its notions of freedom […]

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