Senator Alexander Co-Sponsors Bill to Create National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Posted on November 25, 2003

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has signed onto S. 1157, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture Act, to create a national museum within the Smithsonian Institution. "This museum will give a long overdue voice to African-American life through history, art and culture for people who visit our nation's capital from across this country and around the world," Alexander said. The bill calls for the Council of the National Museum to make recommendations to the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian on planning, designing and constructing a museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research and exhibition of historical and cultural material reflecting experiences of individuals of African descent living in the United States. This bill also sets forth a federal-private partnership for building the museum and authorizes $17 million for the first year in order to launch it. Four possible sites are proposed in the legislation: the Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall; the Liberty Loan site; the area bounded by Constitution Avenue, Madison Drive and 14th and 15th Streets, Northwest; and the Banneker Overlook site. The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent in June, with House passage last week.