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Groundbreaking for National Museum of African American History and Culture

February 22, 2012

The Smithsonian broke ground for its 19th museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 in an invitation-only ceremony on the National Mall. President Barack Obama spoke at the ceremony. Other honored guests included First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady Laura Bush, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.). The ceremony took place on the museum’s five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.

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NMAAHC: Architectural Model

Ken Rahaim / Smithsonian Institution

Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup was selected as the architectural team chosen to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture to be located on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup was among six architectural firms that entered a design competition in January 2009.

Site of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photo Cedit: Smithsonian Institution

The Monument site was selected as the location for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Jan. 30, 2006. Shown circled on the photo, the Monument site is bordered by Constitution Ave. on the north, Madison Dr. on the south, 14th St., N.W. on the east and 15th St., N.W. on the west. The site is directly across 14th St.

Site of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution

The Monument site was selected as the location for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Jan. 30, 2006. The site is bordered by Constitution Ave. on the north, Madison Dr. on the south, 14th St., N.W. on the east and 15th St., N.W. on the west. The site is directly across 14th St.

Site of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

The Monument site was selected as the location for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Jan. 30, 2006. The site is bordered by Constitution Ave. on the north, Madison Dr. on the south, 14th St., N.W. on the east and 15th St., N.W. on the west. The site is directly across 14th St.

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