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Hug Felt 'Round the World Goes Viral

'Unlikely friends' George W. Bush, Michelle Obama photographed in embrace

(Newser) - A reunion of "two unlikely friends" happened Saturday during the dedication of DC's National Museum of African American History and Culture , per CNN —and the photo of Michelle Obama's embrace of George W. Bush has now become a "powerful image … for the ages,"... More »

US Finally, Officially Has a National Black History Museum

The push for the museum started more than 100 years ago

(Newser) - The first national museum devoted exclusively to the history and culture of African-Americans is now open, the AP reports. The Obamas opened the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall by ringing a bell from a historic African-American church. The museum is the... More »

1st Sunken Slave Ship Found After 220 Years

212 slaves died on the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa, en route to Brazil

(Newser) - The first-ever wreckage of a ship that went down with slaves on board has been found just 100 yards off the coast of South Africa where it sank in 1794. The Portuguese ship, Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa, set out from Mozambique Island with more than 400 slaves shackled in its... More »

Smithsonian Wants Trayvon's Hoodie

For National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in 2015

(Newser) - It's one of the most talked about sweatshirts in America. Now, the dark gray hoodie Trayvon Martin was wearing the night he was killed may be put on display for all to see. The director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (set to... More »

Oprah Donates $12M to Black History Museum

Smithsonian site opens in 2015

(Newser) - Visitors to a coming museum on black history will be able to sit in a theater named after Oprah Winfrey when the site opens in 2015. Reason? Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC, reports the Washington Post... More »

P-Funk Spaceship Lands at Smithsonian

Classic funk stage prop to anchor new museum

(Newser) - The Smithsonian is about to get a whole lot funkier. The Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership is going to anchor the music collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture when it opens in 2015, reports the Washington Post . While not the original, 1,200-pound aluminum spaceship—that... More »

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