National Museum of African American History and Culture

Leopold's Ice Cream

Don't let the rain keep you in this weekend — in Savannah, there's lots to do from an all-day Star Wars marathon to saying yes to the dress at the Georgia Bridal Show. Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag and Rachael Flora of Connect Savannah have your guide. 

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Telfair Museums' Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters plans to reveal the newly-refurbished slave quarters at the Regency-era mansion to the public on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Shannon Browning-Mullis, curator of history and decorative arts for Telfair Museums, said this unveiling is a chance to finally tell the full story of the people, both free and enslaved, who lived on the property.

We spoke with her about how the museum uncovered the stories of enslaved people like Emma, the Owen's nanny, and Diane, the Owen's cook. She explained how learning about their history helps to examine the roots of inequality in American society.

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African-American history goes far beyond Black History Month in February. Today we talked about the presentation of history and how it’s changing and confronting new layers of truth. Recently, several museums and African-American exhibits have been built around the country.


The 'Sweet Auburn' Neighborhood in Atlanta

As cities like Atlanta grapple with Confederate history and what to do with symbols like America’s largest Confederate memorial atop Stone Mountain, there’s a push to recognize places of cultural significance for African-Americans.

The National Trust, in partnership with The Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation and Open Society Foundation, announced the creation of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.  

This month, Smithsonian Magazine released its “Black in America” issue in honor of the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture. We talk with editor-in-chief Michael Caruso about the issue, and the future of activism via social media. Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Emory University professor Natasha Trethewey reads her poem “We Have Seen.” The poem was inspired by the 53rd anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing which killed four young girls.

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens this Saturday. It will probably be a smooth and impressive experience for most visitors, but the creation of a museum isn't always smooth.

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We've talked a lot on the show about how activism has changed in this country. We've heard from civil rights leaders from the past and present. The new National Museum of African American History and Culture tells their story.

Natasha Trethewey: 'We Have Seen'

Sep 19, 2016

Just over 53 years ago, a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The predominately African-American congregation was preparing for Sunday service.

Four girls -- Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley -- were killed. Many other people were hurt.