Begin With the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture presents the long history of efforts to build a permanent place to collect, study, and present African American history and culture. In 2003 the museum was officially established at long last, yet the work of the museum was only just beginning. The book traces the appointment of the director, the selection of the site, and the process of conceiving, designing, and constructing a public monument to the achievements and contributions of African Americans. The careful selection of architects, designers, and engineers culminated in a museum that embodies African American sensibilities about space, form, and material and incorporates rich cultural symbols into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is a place for all Americans to understand our past and embrace our future, and Begin With the Past is a testament to the inspiration and determination that went into creating this unique place.
Hardcover, 144 Pages, 122 color illustrations; 10" x 8".