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This momentous occasion was marked by the ringing of the Freedom Bell by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and 99-year-old Ruth Odom Bonner (direct descendant of a slave). This museum is ironically located “only steps away from a monument dedicated to a slaveholder president,” on Washington D.C.’s National Mall.
People came from far and wide to witness this historic event. Verna Eggleston, who arrived from New York City, commented: It’s like walking across the desert and finally getting to a fountain of water to quench your thirst.
With “nearly 3,000 items,” the museum chronicles highs and lows of African-American history. It includes such exhibits as Emmitt Till’s casket and “a Tuskegee Airmen training plane.”
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