Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Photographer Zack Brown shooting dapper men in Harlem, c. 1937 by Eliot Elisofon, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection served as a view into the dynamic history of Americans of African descent. The exhibition showcased the personal and intimate narratives of various families, organizations and individuals spanning the Revolutionary era to the present. It also offered an overall introduction to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture and a preview of its rich collection.