The Smithsonian announced Wednesday that philanthropist David Rubenstein is making a donation to the capital campaign for the museum, set to open in September. He is also loaning the museum two documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln: the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Bank of America has donated 61 vibrant black-and-white photographs of a community founded by freed slaves to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The culture of Daufuskie Island in South Carolina remains closely tied to its African heritage. Take a look at the rich images captured by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.
On Sept. 15, the nation marks 50 years since four girls were killed in the tragic 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. There have been several ceremonies honoring the lives of Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair this year. Take a look at past and future events remembering the lives of the young victims.