"We are America."
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has been in the making since 2003. The long-awaited testament to the African American story was heralded on Saturday with a weekend of celebration complete with tributes, extended hours, and celebrities. People gathered from all over for festivities near the Washington Monument. As the largest African American museum in the nation, the NMAAHC is a 400,000 square foot institution housing over 36,000 artifacts aimed at both memorialization and education. The unique architecture is designer David Adjaye’s homage to a Yoruban crown, meant to stand in contrast to the surrounding buildings. Though the museum is sold out through the year, those lucky enough to get a ticket will walk the path from slavery to civil rights, and everything in between.