29 Must-See Items At The New Smithsonian Museum Of African American History

After years of construction — and painstaking work by historians to build an enormous collection — the museum opened to the public on Saturday.

Shackles used on slaves worn before 1860.

Shackles used on slaves worn before 1860.

Jaclyn Nash / Smithsonian Institution

A slave cabin relocated from the Point of Pines Plantation in Charleston County, South Carolina.

A slave cabin relocated from the Point of Pines Plantation in Charleston County, South Carolina.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

A book of hymns owned by Harriet Tubman.

A book of hymns owned by Harriet Tubman.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

A bible owned by Nat Turner.

A bible owned by Nat Turner.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture


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