The newest museum in the Smithsonian collection, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is set to open on Sept. 24, but CBS This Morning shared a sneak peek with viewers this morning.
Broadcasting live from the museum, the morning included an interview with museum director Lonnie Bunch III, who also gave hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell a tour of the museum the previous day, taking them past artifacts that included a cabin that once housed enslaved people, and a Cadillac that belonged to Chuck Berry.
“We want to find the tension between resiliency and tragedy,” said Bunch during his interview with King, O’Donnell and Charlie Rose, explaining how the museum’s creators arrived at its mix of exhibits. “What we did was, we spent two years going around the country talking to people, just finding out what they knew, what they didn’t know,” said Bunch. “And then I brought the best scholars in and said, ‘ok, tell us what you think.’ And then I told everybody to go away. We sat down and said, ‘this is the story we want.'”
“This is an education for all Americans,” Bunch continued. “If we do it right, we’ll know how all of us have been shaped by this story, and that we’ll be made better by it, and that we basically realize that one of the great strengths of this museum is that all kinds of people helped to make it work. It’s a good story for what America can be.”
Check out their tour.