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WASHINGTON (AP) — When Lonnie Bunch started working on the Smithsonian’s first black museum, he had no collection, no building and one employee. The Smithsonian Institution rewarded the founding director of the wildly popular museum on Tuesday by putting him in charge of all 19 of its museums, making Bunch the 14th secretary of the […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The founding director of the Smithsonian’s museum about African American history will now lead the entire system of museums and parks. The Smithsonian Institution on Monday named Lonnie Bunch as its 14th secretary. Bunch was the first director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He’ll now lead […]

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Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama will be on-hand as their portraits are unveiled next month at the Smithsonian. The couple will take part in a private ceremony on Feb. 12 at the National Portrait Gallery that will offer the first look at the new works of art, the Smithsonian announced Wednesday. […]

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The Smithsonian Institute’s Anacostia Community Museum is celebrating its 50th year in existence this month, and has the distinction of being the first federally-funded community museum in the United States. The museum was first opened for Black residents east of the Anacostia River to hopefully inspire them to visit the larger Smithsonian museums on the […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been years since Isabell Meggett Lucas has been inside the tiny house she was born in, a former slave cabin where her ancestors sought refuge from the hot South Carolina sun. But the 86-year-old woman never envisioned that when she finally returned, the wooden two-room house would be viewed by millions […]

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This September, a small exhibit honoring Bill Cosby will go on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibit is titled "Taking Shape," and focuses on African-American representation on television in the 20th century. To encompass this history, Cosby's 1964 comedy record I Started Out as a Child, an I Spy comic book, and video clips from the program and clips from The Cosby Show have been added to the exhibit.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Cosby was well on his way to becoming a national pariah for his alleged sexual misconduct when the Smithsonian launched an exhibit funded by Cosby and his wife that showcases art from their private collection. After 15 months on display and a parade of questions about the cultural institution’s ethics, the […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After amassing a private collection of African-American Art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition planned at the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art announced Monday that the entire Cosby collection will go on view […]