Set to open on the National Mall in September 2016, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will use the African American experience as a lens into what it means to be an American, often by illustrating how central African American history and culture are to all of our stories. Time and again, this has meant rethinking standard approaches to historical narratives and museum practices. Three members of the curatorial staff explain how notions of centrality and inclusiveness have been incorporated into the museum’s planning.


  • William Pretzer
  • Michelle Joan Wilkinson
  • Tuliza Fleming
  • Joanne Hyppolite