WILMINGTON, N.C. – On September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian Institution will open its newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). NMAAHC is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.
The celebration will reach beyond Washington D.C. to Wilmington where Cape Fear Museum invites the community to share the moment with others in the Williston Auditorium. Join us for a brief introduction and light refreshments at 9:30 a.m. Live streaming of the Smithsonian’s dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Seating for the live streaming is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to up to 85 seated guests.
Cape Fear Museum will also display the Smithsonian’s historic poster exhibit, A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, A Place for All People highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience.
Local events are sponsored by the Wilmington (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the MLK Celebration Committee and the Commission on African American History.