Groundbreaking Ceremony Date Set for Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —
WHAT: Groundbreaking ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 22 All press must arrive by 9 a.m.; ceremony begins at 10 a.m. No one will be admitted after 9 a.m. WHERE: The construction site of the museum 14th Street and Constitution Ave. N.W. (on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History) WHO: Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch, director, National Museum of African American History and Culture France Cordova, chair, Smithsonian Board of Regents Laura Bush, member, National Museum of African American History and Culture Advisory Council Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) Rev. Calvin O. Butts III Musical performances by Denyce Graves, Thomas Hampson, Stanley Thurston and The Heritage Signature Chorale, and the U.S. Navy Band
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Smithsonian will break ground for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. It is expected to open in 2015.
The event will take place in a heated tent and seating will be limited. The event is by invitation only and not open to the public; the entire ceremony will be webcast.
Media credentials are required. Members of the media who want to receive a credential must RSVP by Friday, Feb. 17, to either Becky Haberacker (firstname.lastname@example.org; (202) 633-5183) or Abigail Benson (email@example.com; (202) 633-9495). Freelance journalists must submit proof of assignments from their editors before receiving a credential.
SOURCE Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture