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Video: Photographing Black Washington, DC

By | February 2, 2010
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February is Black History Month, a great time to explore programs, exhibits, and resources at the Smithsonian. Here are a few ways to celebrate black history this month, and all year round:


  1. Learn about The National Museum of African American History and Culture by exploring their website.

  2. Visit the exhibit Indivisible: African- Native American Lives in the Americas at the National Museum of the American Indian.

  3. Explore the Smithsonian African American Heritage Tour that combine objects from our collections with timelines, music, and quizzes.

  4. From Thursdays-Sundays on February 1-14 participate in the award-winning Historic Theater and learn about Student Sit-Ins during the Civil Rights Era at the National Museum of American History.


One native Washingtonian family special to our hearts here in our nation's capital is the Scurlock family. Their photography studio captured iconic images of notable African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, as well as many of D.C.'s everyday people.

Want to explore more about African American History up close and in person? Check out Word, Shout, and Song: Experiencing South Carolina's Gullah Traditions presented by The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum.

How do you celebrate Black History Month? Share Below

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