National Black History Museum could spur interest locally

DETROIT (AP) – Officials at local and regional African-American history museums expect a new national museum in Washington to spur interest and steer more visitors their way.

The DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago is hosting a watch party Saturday to celebrate the dedication of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

DuSable Chief Curator Leslie Guy says the new museum has “become an incredible opportunity in terms of raising awareness.”

In Alabama, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute President Andrea Taylor says that after experiencing the national museum, visitors “will want to know more about what’s happening in their local community.”

The new museum’s exhibits include a slave cabin, heirlooms from black families and items from Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign.