A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture exhibit opens
The Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), on September 24, 2016. The celebration continues and reaches beyond Washington, DC, to Guthrie as the Oklahoma Territorial Museum and Carnegie Library presents A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The commemorative poster exhibition will be on view from February 2 to May 31, 2021.
Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the NMAAHC, A Place for All People highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carlotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School, to Chuck Berry’s Gibson guitar he called “Maybellene” and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith, and hope.
The poster exhibition is an opportunity for the Oklahoma Territorial Museum and Carnegie Library to showcase its work in sharing the many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story. The Oklahoma Territorial Museum has a small collection of artifacts donated by African American families from the Guthrie area. The museum strives to tell an all-encompassing narrative of the Land Run of 1889 and early Oklahoma.
Through its exhibitions and programs, the NMAAHC provides a shared lens to view the nation’s history and the possibility for hope and healing. It is a place where all can gather to remember, reflect, and embrace America’s story: a place for all people.
The Oklahoma Territorial Museum and Carnegie Library is located at 406 East Oklahoma Avenue in Guthrie. For more information, please call 405-282-1889.