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Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Monumental Project of African American History - 80 years in the coming

Lonnie G. Bunch III (born 1952) is an American educator and historian.
Bunch has spent the last 30 years in the museum field, and is regarded as one of the nation's leading history and museum professionals. Bunch left his position as director of the 
Chicago Historical Society to become the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

The museum's founding director Lonnie Bunch, a scholar of the 19th century.

Four hundred years have past since America's original sin and still riots are ignited in the friction between race and justice. As this debate continues the Smithsonian is completing a monumental project, the $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture. The idea was authorized by an act of Congress which called it, quote, "a tribute to the Negro's contribution to the achievements of America." The words are jarring because the act was written in 1929. Building the museum has been a long struggle, just like the story it hopes to tell.

In 2003, President Bush signed the law creating the museum. Congress put up $250 million. And, Bunch has raised most of another 250.


"America will have a place that allows them to remember, to remember, how much we as a country have been improved, changed, challenged, and made better by the African-American experience."
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