There is still room for nice things in America yet. After more than 100 years after the museum was first proposed and 13 long years after Congress authorized its construction, The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has arrived.
Former President George W. Bush was in attendance on Saturday to celebrate the opening of the museum he signed into law. Bush noted the significance of its location saying, “I am pleased it now stands where it has always belonged, on the National Mall.”
The former president explained that the legislation was pitched to him as a way to “share the stories and celebrate the achievements of African Americans.” Bush was met with laughter when he noted, “it’d be fair to say that Congress and I didn’t always see eye-to-eye.”
“A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws, and corrects them.”
“This museum tells the truth that a country founded on the promise of liberty held millions in chains, that the price of our union was America’s original sin.”
Bush praised the legal and civil means by which liberty was actualized for all races.
Bush commented on the galleries saying that they “celebrate not only African American equality, but African American greatness.”
President Obama snaps a photo of former President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush and members of the Bonner Family following the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History. The Bonner Family are descendants of Ellijah B. Odom, a young slave who escaped to freedom.