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The new and improved African American Civil War Museum will officially open with a ribbon cutting July 18.
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The new and improved African American Civil War Museum will officially open with a ribbon cutting July 18.

The ribbon cutting is scheduled for Monday, July 18, but museum organizers have put together an entire weekend of events to mark the opening of the new location. At the site of the new museum on Vermont Avenue and U Street NW (map), there are already American flags and red, white, and blue bunting hanging on the gates.

Organizers say the new location, a former school building, has about seven times the amount of space as the old location.

The museum is dedicated to exploring and honoring the lives of African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War. More than 200,000 names are engraved in the Wall of Honor at the memorial, which is located across the street from the new museum.

The renovations have cost a total of $5 million; there will be interactive displays, rare and historic documents, and exhibits of Black Civil War artifacts and images.

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