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Behind the scenes look at the creation of the Smithsonian's Museum of African-American History and Culture

June 4, 2013

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Date: 06/04/2013 Location: Washington, DC Description: Foreign journalists from 15 different countries on a Foreign Press Center tour to view artifacts from the Smithsonian's National Musem of African-American History and Culture scheduled to open in 2015; media also received briefings from the Museum's founding director Lonnie Bunch,  Dr. Rex Ellis and Dr. Deborah Mack.   - State Dept Image

June 4, 2013; Washington, DC
Contact: Washington Foreign Press Center Media Relations Officer Lisa Hibbert-Simpson
Telephone: 202-504-6321; email:

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture is under construction and is scheduled to open in 2015. Some of the museum’s artifacts are already on display in an exhibition at the National Museum of American History. Fifteen journalists from Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom toured the exhibition and received briefings from the Museum’s founding director Lonnie Bunch, the Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs Dr. Rex Ellis and the Associate Director of Community and Constituent Services Dr. Deborah Mack.