A Big Subject: The ‘Blacksonian’

by Jay Nordlinger

The National Museum of African American History and Culture — known popularly as the “Blacksonian” — was authorized by Congress in 2003. It opened last September. As far as I can tell — as far as Google can tell — I first wrote about it in 2006. On March 1, in fact, exactly eleven years ago. My Impromptus that day was headed “February on the Mall, &c.”

This is a reference to Black History Month, of course.

And today, I have a piece called “Permanent February: Some personal notes on the ‘Blacksonian.’” This expands an essay I have in the current issue of the magazine. I paid a visit to the museum a few weeks ago.

Verdict? Probably, the topic is too big and multifaceted for a snappy verdict, at least from me. It takes more an exploration. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my notes, or at least find them interesting. They may well occasion your own notes, whether verbalized or not.

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