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While our building is under construction, explore the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture from the palm of your hand.
In the midst of the Civil War President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive decision that freed slaves in the rebel states on January 1, 1863. While the Emancipation Proclamation did not free all of the enslaved, it affected people across the country--men, women, young, old, enslaved and free.
Use Changing America: To Be Free to go beyond the well-known stories of Emancipation and gain insight into this profound moment in the lives of so many different people. Search, sort and read personal responses to the Emancipation Proclamation across the north, south and border states from men and women of all ages.
Explore our building before it opens! Regardless of where you are located, this augmented reality app will allow you to see NMAAHC before it's built. While on the National Mall in Washington D.C., choose the "View Live on the Mall" experience and view a model of the NMAAHC building at the construction site at Constitution Avenue and 14th Street.
If you're not in Washington, D.C., you can explore several immersive experiences by choosing “View from Iconic Locations” and seeing a 360 degree view that includes a rendering of the museum.