It has been over 100 years in the making but The National Museum of African American History & Culture has finally opened to the public this weekend. It includes 12 inaugural exhibitions and close to 3700 artifacts; the dress that Rosa Parks was sewing before she was arrested for not giving her seat up on a segregated bus December 1, 1955, is a part of the Black Fashion Museum Collection. The exhibits are fascinating like Michael Jackson’s fedora and other musical memorabilia.
In 1988, Texas Congressman Mickey Leland and Congressman John R. Lewis introduced legislation for a museum to be constructed as a part of the Smithsonian Institute.
President George Bush authorized the 400,00 square- foot building on a 5-acre site on the National Mall, in the heart of Washington D.C.