President Obama joined other dignitaries at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, to be located on the Mall in Washington.
In addition to the President, other speakers included former first lady Laura Bush, U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia and the museum’s director Lonnie Bunch. Actress and singer Phylicia Rashad serves as the emcee of the ceremony.
The National African American Museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum dedicated exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.
Congress has already pledged to provide half of the 500 million museum project cost.