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Lonnie Bunch to Become New Smithsonian Institution Leader

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    Lonnie Bunch Spent 11 Years Making African American Museum a Reality

    National Museum of African American History and Culture Director Lonnie Bunch spent 11 years making the museum a reality. Barbara Harrison reports. (Published Monday, July 25, 2016)

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    • Lonnie Bunch was the first director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

    • He shepherded the collection of more than 40,000 items and the creation of the museum on the National Mall

    The founding director of the Smithsonian's museum about African American history will now lead the entire system of museums and parks.

    The Smithsonian Institution on Tuesday named Lonnie Bunch as its 14th secretary. Bunch was the first director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

    He'll now lead the world's largest museum, education and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoological Park. Bunch becomes the first African American to lead the Smithsonian, beginning his new position June 16. He'll be replaced as interim director by Spencer Crew. 

    Bunch was hired in 2005 and shepherded the collection of more than 40,000 items and the creation of the museum on the National Mall. It opened in 2016.

    WATCH: Full Interview With Director of African American History Museum

    [DC] WATCH: Full Interview With Director of African American History Museum
    Lonnie G. Bunch III is the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is now filling up with historic artifacts in advance of its Sept. 24 opening.
    (Published Friday, May 6, 2016)

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