The Magazine of Marquette University | Summer 2006

 

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How do you build a museum?

Speaker is up to the challenge.

How do you preserve the history of a culture of people? That challenge is confronting Lonnie Bunch — and he welcomes it.

In an address here, the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture discussed his transition from president and CEO of the Chicago Historical Society to developing a cultural attraction in the nation’s capital. The museum will be located on the National Mall, adjacent to the Washington Monument.

Bunch said it will be a place to remember Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth, Ralph Metcalfe and Harriet Tubman, “but it’s also a place to remember the names of the unknown, the unnamed slave who made sure the field did not break her strength. Names we will never know.” He added: “I want to create a museum that people will remember. It’s crucial to us as Americans to remember.” Bunch’s visit was sponsored by the Department of History and the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture
National Museum Highlights
Lonnie Bunch Bio
 
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Listen to NPR about the Museum
 
Media Coverage
Fredericksburg News: A clear vision of a murky past Lonnie Bunch working to tell story of his people, his nation (Sept. 10, 2005)

 

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