Author, journalist, and historian Carter G. Woodson lobbied strongly for the national recognition of Black stories and perspectives. Woodson believed equality was only possible with the acknowledgement and understanding of a race’s history, and dedicated his life to African American historical research. As a result of Woodson’s efforts, Black History Month was born in 1917.
On this first day of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight one of our clients whose mission aligns with Mr. Woodson’s. The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.
The museum opened its doors in the Fall of 2016 with the goal of providing an opportunity for those interested in African American culture to explore the history through interactive exhibitions; to help all Americans see how their stories, history, and cultures are shaped and informed by global influences; to examine what it means to be an American, and how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are embodied by African American history; and to serve as a place of collaboration that reaches well beyond Washington, DC.
We take pride in all of the work we do, but occasionally there is a project that is particularly impactful, one that has far-reaching significance beyond the physical space itself. The NMAAHC was one of those projects. MGAC had the honor of serving as Exhibit Project Coordinator for the fabrication and installation of 12 themed exhibition spaces totaling 100,000 SF. The firm was also a subcontractor consultant and representative for the Exhibit Fabricator. Our primary role was to ensure that exhibit installation was coordinated with on-site construction work, and that overall construction activity did not hinder the Client’s ability to complete their work.
To date, the NMAAHC has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and receives on average nearly 1,500,000 visits each year. In celebration of Black History Month, the museum is hosting new programs, initiatives, and experiences throughout February. Click here to learn more.