epa05554597 US entertainer Oprah Winfrey (L) and actor Will Smith speak at the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, USA, 24 September 2016. The opening ceremonies of the 400,000-square-foot museum attracted thousands of attendees. EPA/OLIVIER DOULIERY / POOL
The National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture - STATUE OF CLARA BROWN After Brown was freed from slavery, she moved to Colorado, where she became an important community leader, helping other former slaves to settle there. The slave cabin to the right, from about 1853, had been on Edisto Island in South Carolina.
RUTH ODOM BONNER, DAUGHTER OF A SLAVE, OPENED NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE [VIDEO] - Ruth’s father, Elijah Odom, was born into servitude in Mississippi. He was born a slave. As a young boy, he ran to his freedom. He lived through Reconstruction and he lived through Jim Crow. But he went on to farm, and graduate from medical school and raise a family.
A pair of slave shackles are on display in the Slavery and Freedom Gallery in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the press preview Sept. 14, 2016.