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Friday, September 23, 2016

New African American History Museum Holds Few MLK Artifacts

ATLANTA (AP) — The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in Washington this weekend aiming to tell the story of black people in the U.S., yet visitors will find few personal mementos from one of the most famous and influential black Americans, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

King is certainly there in photos and film clips. His fraternity membership card and posthumously awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom are there, along with a bucket he’s said to have soaked his feet in during the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

But there are none of his hand-scrawled speeches and notes, well-worn suits or personal keepsakes. King’s estate, controlled by his three surviving children, owns and controls much of the slain civil rights leader’s memorabilia.

The museum, part of the Smithsonian, didn’t respond to repeated requests from The Associated Press for comment for this story. Museum director Lonnie Bunch told The Washington Post ( the institution wants things it can keep rather than loaned items.



Anonymous said...

When does the Caucasian museum open? when do we get our 200 million to build our white museum?

Anonymous said...

What I do not understand is why do we have to take all of our history down but they get put up a museum of their history. Something does not seem fair!!

JoeAlbero said...

It's because Martin Luther King was a REPUBLICAN.

Anonymous said...

We need a European American museum. I guess we don't have this because it would take up several city blocks!

Anonymous said...

Asian museum, Caucasian museum, latin museum slavic museum, why not just a America museum explaining the diversity of our country, this is stupidity.

Anonymous said...

What we need is future President Trump to start making plans to build a wall, so the footing can be poured the moment he is sworn in.
Can you imagine the money that will be saved by not throwing it out to illegals. Even if we pay for it, there will be a "YUGE" savings to the tax payer

Anonymous said...

Yet one more fawning tribute to blacks. Enough already.