Published May 2, 2017 at 12:34 PM | Updated at 7:50 PM EDT on May 2, 2017
“More Than a Picture: Selections From the Photography Collection at the National Museum of African American History and Culture” will open May 5 as the first temporary exhibit at the newest Smithsonian museum. It will feature more than 150 photographs and other objects that show powerful images of defining moments in African-American history and culture.
Photos featured in this special exhibit at the NMAAHC will include portraits of notable African-Americans in history, such as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Buois and Queen Latifah. Images from the civil rights movement, Hurricane Katrina, and the civil unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore will also be on display.
The photos present a “range of American experiences” and will encourage guests to look beyond the surface to understand the photographs’ significance in history.
“The exhibition encourages visitors to explore the ways photographs reflect important moments in history and memory and continue to shape the understanding of African American experiences,” the museum wrote in a press release about the photo exhibit.
The images in the “More Than a Picture” collection will be on display on the museum’s concourse level.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is open from 10 a.m. to 5 :30 p.m. daily.