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The Washington Monument, close to which the museum is being built.

African American History and Culture museum to open 2016
22 Jul 2014

One US tourist attraction that isn't around yet, but will be in the not too distant future, is The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

This Washington attraction is being built at the moment, close to the famous Washington Monument, and will span close to 400,000 square feet when it's finished. Opening is planned for 2016.

There's already the chance to have a taste of the institution, however.

Until September 7th, for example, there's a free National Museum of African American History and Culture exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington.

Focusing on a pair of important civil rights events, it is called 'Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963'.

Meanwhile, the African American History and Culture museum recently gave word that it has been donated a range of pieces from James “J Dilla” Yancey's family.

Yancey is a famous producer and hip-hop musician who died in 2006, and has influenced the likes of Kanye West.

Items such as his Minamoog Voyager synthesizer have been given to the museum by Maureen Yancey, his mum.

The new donation is set to join the African American History and Culture museum's arts and entertainment collection.

Items that are part of the donation will appear in one of the museum's first on-site exhibitions, 'Musical Crossroads'.

"I feel it’s necessary to raise the level of art appreciation in the hip-hop sector and honor my son James Dewitt Yancey, one of the most influential individuals in the history of hip-hop,” Maureen Yancey has commented of the donation.

There are a range of Smithsonian attractions in Washington DC, as well as a host of other things to do, such as the exciting Crime Museum.ADNFCR-408-ID-801737005-ADNFCR

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