President Obama Attends Nat’l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony

President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: Former U.S. first lady Laura Bush acknowledges the audience during the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium and a cafe; offices; and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Co-chair of National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) council Richard Parson, vice chair of Smithsonian Board of Regents Patty Stonesifer, former first lady Laura Bush, Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough, director of NMAAHC Lonnie Bunch, Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture of Smithsonian Richard Kurin, chair of Smithsonian Board of Regents France Cordova, and co-chair of NMAAHC council Linda Johnson Rice participate in the ground breaking ceremony of the museum February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium and a cafe; offices; and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Co-chair of National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) council Richard Parson, vice chair of Smithsonian Board of Regents Patty Stonesifer, former first lady Laura Bush, Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough, Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture of Smithsonian Richard Kurin, director of NMAAHC Lonnie Bunch, chair of Smithsonian Board of Regents France Cordova, and co-chair of NMAAHC council Linda Johnson Rice participate in the ground breaking ceremony of the museum February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium and a cafe; offices; and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
First Lady Michelle Obama hugs 4-year-ol
First Lady Michelle Obama hugs 4-year-ol
First Lady Michelle Obama hugs 4-year-old Piper Shillingford from Brooklyn, New York, after she made a donation during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as during the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium and a cafe; offices; and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: Singer Denyce Graves (C) sings the national anthem as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama listen during the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium, a cafe; offices and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: Musician Jason Moran performs Jazz piano solo during the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium, a cafe; offices and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: U.S. President Barack Obama listens during the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium, a cafe; offices and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: Musician Jason Moran acknowledges the audience prior to his performance during the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium, a cafe; offices and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: Singer Denyce Graves (2nd L) sings the national anthem as U.S. President Barack Obama (R), first lady Michelle Obama (2nd R) and Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough listen during the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium, a cafe; offices and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand for the National Anthem during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand for the National Anthem during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks during
US President Barack Obama speaks during
US President Barack Obama speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks during
US President Barack Obama speaks during
US President Barack Obama speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Georgia Democrat Representative John Lewis (L) during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama hugs Georgia D
US President Barack Obama hugs Georgia D
US President Barack Obama hugs Georgia Democrat Representative John Lewis alongside First Lady Michelle Obama during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama laughs alongsi
US President Barack Obama laughs alongsi
US President Barack Obama laughs alongside First Lady Michelle Obama during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama sits alongside
US President Barack Obama sits alongside
US President Barack Obama sits alongside First Lady Michelle Obama during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama attends the gr
US President Barack Obama attends the gr
US President Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama attends the gr
US President Barack Obama attends the gr
US President Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks duri
Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks duri
Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen as a choir performs during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Park Police officers on horses patrol ar
Park Police officers on horses patrol ar
Park Police officers on horses patrol around the Washington Monument as US President Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Park Police officers on horses patrol ar
Park Police officers on horses patrol ar
Park Police officers on horses patrol around the Washington Monument as US President Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: U.S. President Barack Obama (6th R) speaks as during the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium, a cafe; offices and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) speaks as (L-R) museum director Lonnie Bunch, co-chair of National Museum of African American History and Culture council Richard Parsons, council co-chair Linda Johnson Rice, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Rev. Calvin Butts, and Washington Mayor Vincent Gray listen during the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium, a cafe; offices and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as museum director Lonnie Bunch (L) listens during the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium and a cafe, offices and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
President Obama Attends Nat'l Museum Of African American History And Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Co-chair of National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) council Richard Parson, vice chair of Smithsonian Board of Regents Patty Stonesifer, former first lady Laura Bush, Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough, director of NMAAHC Lonnie Bunch, and chair of Smithsonian Board of Regents France Cordova, participate in the ground breaking ceremony of the museum February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. According to a Smithsonian news release, the 380,000-square-foot museum, located at the corner of 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue and will be opened to the public in 2015, will house public spaces, including exhibition halls, an auditorium and a cafe; offices; and an education center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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