As a Smithsonian Affiliate, The Rockwell believes in reaching all audiences in meaningful ways through a commitment to authentic arts and educational and cultural experiences. We believe in preserving and exhibiting American art – embracing changes while respecting the history and traditions of the past. That’s why we’re proud to support the National Museum of African American History and Culture – the Smithsonian’s newest museum.
“A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture” is a commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the Grand Opening of the NMAAHC on September 24, 2017. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience.
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. 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 poster exhibition and public opening are an opportunity for The Rockwell Museum to showcase its work in sharing the many stories of the American experience, and the contributions of African American people to the American story.
The journey to establish NMAAHC 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.
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.
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