I learned some interesting facts about the National Museum of African-American History and Culture’s construction today:
2. The company retained to manage the project in 2008, McKissack & McKissack, was founded by an African-American woman named Deryl McKissack.
3. The museum building will include five stories below ground and another five above. The planners made this design decision to make sure that the museum didn’t obstruct the view of the Washington Monument and maintained the sight lines along the National Mall.
4. The corona of the museum emulates the porches of African-American homes in areas like New Orléans. African-Americans historically swapped stories from the past on these porches.
As time goes by, I continue to learn more and more about the National Museum of African-American History and Culture and I can’t wait to walk inside and view all of its historical exhibits when the museum opens.
Below is a video where David Yetter, a Project Manager at McKissik & McKissik, speaks about the museum’s construction and the impact it has had on him personally:
Please visit the link below to learn more:
Behind the Fences of the Smithsonian’s African-American museum
via Washington Business Journal