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National Museum of African American History and Culture To Open First Special Exhibition

'More Than a Picture' will feature photos of historical figures and key events in African American Life

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More Than a Picture Exhibition
‘The King Family at Home’ (James H. Karales/Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)

 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will host their first special exhibition, titled “More than a Picture,” in May 2017.

This exhibition includes over 150 photographs and other visual artifacts of African American history, and it illuminates African American life in this country through photos of not only historical and cultural events, but via private, communal ones as well.

Portraits of Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Queen Latifah, and Grace Jones sit alongside images from the civil rights movement, the more recent uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore, and representations of Black Lives Matter. If there’s a common denominator, it’s a reflection of African American culture and identity.

Museum director Lonnie G. Bunch III lauded the exhibit’s ability to bring history to human scale, saying that “photography plays an important role in constructing memory. Images act not only as repositories of memory but also as stimulants and beacons for remembering.”

“More than a Picture” opens on May 5.

More Than a Picture Exhibition
‘First day of Memphis integration, TN’ (Dr. Ernest C. Withers/Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
More Than a Picture Exhibition
Positive Reflections, October 16, 1995 (Roderick Terry/Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History and Culture)
More Than a Picture Exhibition
Lewis “Big June” Marshall Carrying the U.S. Flag, Selma to Montgomery March, March 21, 1965 (James Karales/Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History and Culture)
More Than a Picture Exhibition
Untitled November 13, 2015 (Devin Allen Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History and Culture)
More Than a Picture Exhibition
Tintype of a Civil War soldier (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
More Than a Picture Exhibition
Red Green & Black, Chicago 1988 (Walter Iooss Jr./Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History and Culture)
More Than a Picture Exhibition
‘Grace Jones’ (Anthony Barboza/Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
More Than a Picture Exhibition
‘Isaac Hayes in His Office at Stax Records, Memphis, Tennessee’ (Ernest C. Withers/Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
More Than a Picture Exhibition
‘Rosa Parks’ (Roderick Lyons/Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
More Than a Picture Exhibition
Photograph of Tuskegee Airman Major Lee Rayford in front of a P-47 Thunderbolt (Robert Scurlock/Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)

—RealClearLife