The Challenge of Building a National Museum | Upcoming Events - The British Library

25 June The Challenge of Building a national museum

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The 2019 D W Bryant Lecture in American Studies

Lonnie G Bunch III, the founding director of Washington DC’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, offers an insider’s view of the making of this landmark institution, which opened its doors to great acclaim in September 2016

Lonnie G Bunch was appointed as the inaugural director of the NMAAHC in 2005. He had previously served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society (2001-05) and held several positions at the Smithsonian, including associate director for curatorial affairs (1994-2000) and supervising curator (1989-1992) at the National Museum of American History. His books include Call the Lost Dream Back: Essays on Race, History and Museums (2010), Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives (2014) and Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narratives (2015). 

Bunch has received several awards and recognitions including being appointed by President George W Bush to the Commission for the Preservation of the White House in 2002 and reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. In 2005, Bunch was named one of the 100 most influential museum professionals in the 20th century by the American Association of Museums. In 2017, he was given the President Award at the NAACP Image Award, presented with the Impact Leader Award from the Greater Washington Urban League, and was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Image: Lonnie G Bunch III


Name: The Challenge of Building a National Museum | Upcoming Events - The British Library
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