Smithsonian Breaks Ground On African American History Museum | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Smithsonian Breaks Ground On African American History Museum

Play associated audio

Groundbreaking is planned today for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall. Later this morning, President Barack Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will help break ground for a new national museum that tells the history of black art, life, and culture as part of the Smithsonian Institution.

After today's event, construction will begin in earnest for the museum as a space for history that hasn't always been presented here on the National Mall. Some exhibits include a Jim Crow-era segregated railroad car, military and sports history, and Louis Armstrong's trumpet. Construction is expected to be finished by 2015. 

Marissa Grant, who's waiting eagerly outside the site for the groundbreaking with her family, says the museum will be important for both the city and the entire country.

"It's important because the only way you can understand where we are currently is by understanding our past," she says. "My son is going to be five, and he's already learned about the freedom rides, sharecropping, and things you wouldnt' think young children would be able to appreciate. So I think it's important for everyone to understand how we all work together and come together as a country." 

The museum is scheduled to open its doors in 2015.

NPR

Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
NPR

What To Do With Weird Farmers Market Vegetables

The farmer's market in July is a wondrous place: juicy tomatoes, jewel-toned eggplants, sweet yellow corn. But greens that look like weeds may be more intimidating. Here's how to tame them.
WAMU 88.5

Top Priorities For Congress Ahead Of The August Recess

What's on Congress' agenda in the final weeks before the August recess? Our panel takes a look at what needs to happen, and what can realistically get done.

NPR

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.