Centre hosting African American History exhibition

The Centre at Salisbury will help celebrate the National Museum of African American History and Culture with a Smithsonian Poster Exhibition.

Continuing through Saturday, Feb. 29, the poster exhibition and related public programs are an opportunity for The Centre at Salisbury to showcase its work in sharing the many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story.

The Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in 2016.

The celebration continues and reaches beyond Washington, D.C., to Salisbury as The Centre presents “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture.”

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the exhibition highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience.

From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry’s Gibson guitar, “Maybellene,” and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith and hope. 

The journey to establish this museum began a century ago with a call for a national memorial to honor the contributions of African American Civil War veterans. After decades of efforts by private citizens, organizations and members of Congress, federal legislation was passed in 2003 to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Since then, thousands of artifacts have been collected to fill the inspiring new building that has risen on the National Mall. Through its exhibitions and programs, the museum provides a shared lens to view the nation’s history and the possibility for hope and healing. It is a place where all can gather to remember, reflect and embrace America’s story: a place for all people. For more information, visit nmaahc.si.edu.

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit sites.si.edu.

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