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"Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection"

May 7, 2015

A new exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture showcases the trailblazers, innovators, visionaries and history makers who helped to shape this great nation. The exhibition will open May 8 in the NMAAHC Gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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Through the African American Lens

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tennis racket used by Althea Gibson

Manufactured by: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Owned by: Althea Gibson

wood, rubber, synthetic fiber

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donald Felder and family

Through the African American Lens

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Servants at a Pump, ca. 1840, Nicolino Calyo

oil paint on canvas

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Through the African American Lens

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Hunted Slaves, 1862

oil paint on canvas

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Through the African American Lens

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Red suit owned by James Brown, 1970-1989

synthetic fiber

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Through the African American Lens

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Hammond B-3 organ owned by James Brown, 1968

vinyl, wood, metal

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture 

Through the African American Lens

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Uniform cap used by a Pullman porter, 1920-1969

cloth, plastic, metal

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Collection Highlights: Hope School Desk

School desk

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Desk from the Hope School

Manufactured by: A. H. Andrews & Co.,1925-1954

Through the African American Lens

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

French World War I Victory medal received by Lawrence McVey, after 1918

bronze, ribbon

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Gina R. McVey, granddaughter

Through the African American Lens

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

George Thompson Garrison’s military books, ca. 1860
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gifts of the Garrison Family in memory of George Thompson Garrison

Through the African American Lens

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Dress designed by Ann Lowe, 1966-1967

Silk, tulle, linen, metal

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Black Fashion Museum founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane


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