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First Iconic Artifacts Installed

Jim Crow Railway Car and Angola Prison Guard Tower Will Tell Powerful Stories in Inaugural Exhibition on Segregation

Train car installed on the NMAAHC construction site.

Construction on the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture reached a significant milestone on November 17, 2013 with the arrival and installation of two of the largest signature artifacts acquired by the museum. A restored segregation-era railway car, circa 1918, and an early 20th century guard tower from the Angola prison in Louisiana promise to be two of the most captivating objects in the new museum when it opens in late 2015. They will be on display in the Segregation Gallery as part of an inaugural exhibition "Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876 – 1968."

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