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Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access


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The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

Digital visitors to the museum can see the shawl given by Britains Queen Victoria to the famous underground railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, as well as a simple straw hat owned by the civil rights and bus boycott leader Rosa Parks.

Credit: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture launched a sophisticated digital platform Thursday that brings a trove of interactive stories, images and video about the Black experience out of the museum and onto the Internet.

Called the Searchable Museum, it is designed to present the treasures of the five-year-old landmark on the National Mall in Washington to a broader audience, said museum director Kevin Young. The museum, which opened to the public on Sept. 24, 2016, has 40,000 artifacts.

"I used to talk about the digital future, but it's really the digital present," Young said. "We're bringing the museum beyond its four walls. … It's like a museum in your pocket."

From The Washington Post
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