When:
September 23, 2016 – September 26, 2016 all-day
2016-09-23T04:00:00+00:00
2016-09-26T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington Monument Grounds - Field 2
130 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
USA

2016ak11_224Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration

Washington Monument Grounds
Friday, September 23, 2016, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 12:00pm – 5:00pm and 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 12:00pm – 5:00pm and 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Beginning Friday, September 23, 2016, on the Washington Monument grounds, the National Museum of African American History and Culture presents Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration. Conceived and presented in festival fashion, Freedom Sounds programming will include musical performances, spoken word, oral history activities and evening concerts. A drum circle, storytelling, and interactive workshops provide opportunities for families and large groups of the public to explore and celebrate the museum’s rich content and stories. This festival presents artists who represent the numerous cultural threads encompassing our shared African diasporic histories and traditions. Two tented stages will offer local, national and international performers, contributing to NMAAHC’s Grand Opening Weekend. The Freedom Sounds festival continues on Saturday and closes the Grand Opening Weekend on Sunday evening, September 25, 2016. Designed to accommodate the crowds anticipated; this three-day event is free and open to the public.

Dedication Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture Saturday, September 24, 2016,
8:00 am Gathering and Musical Prelude
10:00am Dedication Ceremony Begins
1:00pm Museum Opens to the Public

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the public witnesses the outdoor Dedication Ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In the afternoon, the museum officially opens to the public. Tickets are not required for the public to view the outdoor Dedication Ceremony. Extensive large-screen viewing areas are well-positioned for crowds during the Dedication Ceremony.

Museum Opens to the Public

National Museum of African American History and Culture Saturday, September 24, 2016, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 10:00am – 10:00pm

The Museum officially opens to the public immediately following the Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The museum keeps its doors open for extended hours Sunday, September 25, from 10 am to 10pm.

 

For more information about the museum and grand opening, go to https://nmaahc.si.edu/visit/opening

Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.

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