A Peek Inside the “America I Am” Exhibit Reception Published February 1, 2011 • Updated on July 6, 2011 at 11:39 am The "America I Am" exhibit features 300+ artifacts from 500 years of African-American culture. 15 photos 1/15 Mia Fields-Hall Tavis Smiley and the National Geographic Museum welcomed an invite-only crowd to check out the "America I Am" exhibit on Tuesday evening. The exhibit includes 300+ rare and original artifacts from the 1600s to 2009. "America I Am" focuses on 500 years of African-American culture. Pictured: Tiffany Rose and Tiffy Cross. 2/15 Mia Fields-Hall The exhibit featured a variety of special artifacts and symbolic pieces of African American history like this one of Martin Luther King Jr. 3/15 Mia Fields-Hall Guests enjoyed delicious treats from Georgia Brown's Aphrodisiac. 4/15 5/15 Upon entry, guests were each given a key to the exhibit that represented the key to freedom in America. 6/15 Mia Fields-Hall Guest enjoyed a gift bag full of goodies from sponsors, including a soul food cookbook. 7/15 8/15 Mia Fields-Hall Guest enjoyed local popular restaurant Marvin. 9/15 Mia Fields-Hall Host and Creator of America I Am Tavis Smiley welcomes the crowd. 10/15 Mia Fields-Hall America I Am supporter Rhonda Glover 11/15 Mia Fields-Hall America I Am supporters. 12/15 Mia Fields-Hall The exhibit featured a look back at African-American's intergral part in the country's armed services. 13/15 Mia Fields-Hall National Urban Fellows Bobbi Hahn and WalMart's Ronnette Smith. 14/15 Mia Fields-Hall Host Tavis Smiley with young guest Morgan. 15/15 One of the exhibit's curators, John E. Fleming. 0 More Photo Galleries Brag on Your Grad: Celebrating 2020 Graduates in DC, Maryland and Virginia Photos: Protests, Unrest in DC Following George Floyd’s Death Protesters, Enraged by Black Americans Killed, Gather Nationwide NBC4-T44 Friday Fun: Show and Tell!