Making It Happen

John Lewis

“Until we understand the full African American story, we cannot understand ourselves as a nation, as a people.”

— Rep. John Lewis
U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia, 5th District)
Sponsor of NMAAHC Legislation in the House

Sam Brownback

“We have an extraordinary opportunity before us — a chance to learn, understand, and remember together our nation’s history and to honor the significant contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.”

— Sen. Sam Brownback
United States Senator, Kansas
Sponsor of NMAAHC Legislation in the Senate

The Campaign to Build America's Next Great Museum

We need a total of $500 million to build this museum. Given the importance of this Museum to our nation, Congress committed to provide half of this amount. We must raise the remaining $250 million from the private sector, including friends like you, corporations, foundations, and other organizations.

Can we count on you to build this museum? We welcome gifts at all levels — from $35, $50, $100 to $10,000 or whatever you can afford.When you make a gift today, you can choose to become a Charter Member and receive a wide array of benefits.

Join us as we build America’s next great museum the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Making the Museum happen takes leadership with the vision and determination to build this Museum and to support its mission. NMAAHC is proud to introduce its leadership team.

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director

Historian, author, curator, and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch III, is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In this role, Lonnie is setting the Museum’s mission, coordinating its fundraising and membership campaigns, developing its collections, and establishing cultural partnerships.

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Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Deputy Director

Kinshasha Holman Conwill serves as the museum’s deputy director.

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Council of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Advisory Council of the Museum serves as the board of the Museum and is comprised of the nation’s foremost corporate, civic, and philanthropic leaders. They provide strategic advice, counsel, and support for the development of this museum. Click here to view members of the Council.

Scholarly Advisory Committee

With noted historian the late Dr. John Hope Franklin as its Founding Chairman, the Smithsonian created a scholarly advisory committee to help shape the Museum’s exhibition content and programming. Click here to view all the members of the Scholarly Advisory Committee