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America I AM: The African American Imprint

  • Date
    February 2, 2011 – May 1, 2011
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Adults - $12; Members/military/seniors (over62)/students - $10; Groups (25+) - $8; Children (ages 2-12) - $6; K-12 school & youth groups - Free (see below for details on reserving a trip)

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Courtesy AEI

Photo: A framed photo of Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks’ fingerprint card

Photograph by Mark Lyons

Take a journey through trials and triumphs while exploring nearly 500 years of African American contributions to the economic, political, cultural, and spiritual development of the United States. Bear witness to more than 200 poignant artifacts from the dungeon doors of the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana to Prince’s guitar.

Learn more on the official exhibition website.

Complimentary Tickets for Youth Groups
Inspired by Tavis Smiley’s vision and enthusiasm for this important exhibition and furthering the generosity of sponsors, Walmart and Northern Trust, National Geographic has made complimentary tickets available for all school, scout, and youth groups serving children under 18.
How to Reserve Complimentary Tickets

Created in collaboration with leading scholars such as Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cornel West, the exhibition is presented by Tavis Smiley, and organized by Cincinnati Museum Center and Arts and Exhibitions International. Nationally, the exhibition is made possible by presenting sponsor, Walmart, Inc., with Northern Trust as the educational partner, and Microsoft as the technology partner.

Generous local support has been provided by:

Special thanks to the exhibition’s Community & Restaurant Partners: African American Civil War Museum, African Continuum Theatre Company, Busboys & Poets, DC Public Library, Eatonville, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Georgia Brown’s, Langston Bar & Grille, Restaurant Marvin, Sodexo, and Wild Onion Café and Catering.

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