Sneak peak into new African American history museum

Posted at 6:46 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 18:46:25-04

Reporters and other members of the media got a sneak peak into a new Smithsonian exhibit months before the grand opening in Washington, D.C.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture spreads across 400,000 square feet and contains thousands of artifacts from tiny slips to a segregation-era train car.

The entire story behind the museum starts 90 ft. underground, giving visitors a first hand look into the era of slavery and segregation.

"The museum has to help us all illuminate all the dark corners and come to the grips with who we once were," said Lonni Bunch, museum director.

As visitors make their way through the museum, the story lightens and show cases the great achievements of African Americans throughout history.

President Barack Obama, who is featured in the museum, will attend the grand opening on Sept. 24.

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