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Black History Museum to Display Pres. Obama Artifacts

The life and career of President Barack Obama will become a major part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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An African American history museum that is slated to open in 2015 has been collecting Obama-related artifacts since his nomination as the 2008 Democratic candidate, according to reports. President Barack Obama’s life and career will become a major part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

President Obama attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the museum and delivered an address. At the time of the function, the museum had an estimated price tag of $500 million. Although the museum already has a gallery space in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, its own collections will comprise of artifacts relating to African American history and culture. The museum is located near the Washington Monument and was designed by a team lead by architect David Adjaye.

The Washington Post reported that the museum’s Obama collection currently has about 300 artifacts, portions of which will eventually be displayed in the museum’s history gallery. Staff from the museum recently worked the crowds at last week’s inauguration, looking for memorabilia and other objects to add to the collection, according to an Associated Press report.

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  1. Rev. George Brooks

    I certainly hope that this museum does not wrongfully say, or even hint at, that President Obama is the FIRST black president of the United States. Because that will be an absolute lie, since Warren G. Harding is the first with some degree of black blood, along with his white blood. Not to mention that at least a couple of others may (I repeat MAY) have also possessed some degree of black blood, as well. However, it has been well documented that Harding had black blood. And black people should not accept this museum attempting to portray Obama as the first and only black president. Especially, when he is actually mulatto, with a white mother and black father. And he has yet to specifically say that he is BLACK or white or what. He has avoided the subject, and will most likely NEVER identify himself as specifically or mainly black, either. Now, let the media try to corner him for a specific answer on this, and see that they will not get anywhere. Which has led me, who is black, to have as much black pride in him as I did in the very beginning, when we did not know that he was so “slick” when it comes to the issue of him being black. Now we know for sure. — Rev. George Brooks

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