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Handwritten lyrics to "You Need Love" by Willie Dixon, signed by Ron Wood

Written by:
Willie Dixon, American, 1915 - 1992  Search this
Signed by:
Ronnie Wood, English, born 1947  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 10 9/16 x 8 1/4 in. (26.8 x 21 cm)
Type:
manuscripts
Date:
1962
Topic:
African American  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.75.2
Restrictions & Rights:
© Willie Dixon. Permission required for use.
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Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.75.2
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Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?

Title:
Sheet music and vinyl recording of Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
Recorded by:
Louis Jordan, American, 1908 - 1975  Search this
Created by:
Decca Records, British, founded 1929  Search this
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
mat board with ink on paper, vinyl
Dimensions:
H x W (in frame): 29 7/8 × 15 3/4 × 7/8 in. (75.9 × 40 × 2.2 cm)
H x W (sheet music): 11 9/16 × 8 13/16 in. (29.4 × 22.4 cm)
Diameter (vinyl): 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm)
Type:
sheet music
78 rpm records
Date:
1944
Topic:
African American  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.59.3ab
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1943, 1944 Universal Music Corp.. Permission required for use.
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Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.59.3ab
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Somebody Changed the Lock on My Door / Wynonie's Blues

Published by:
Apollo Records, American, 1944 - 1962  Search this
Recorded by:
Wynonie Harris, American, 1915 - 1969  Search this
Medium:
vinyl
Dimensions:
Diameter: 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm)
Type:
78 rpm records
Date:
1945
Topic:
African American  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Savanna Vaughn and C. Warfield Clark, M.D.
Object number:
2011.173.97
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1945 Apollo Records. Permission required for use.
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Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.173.97
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Photographic postcard featuring Ray Charles

Printed by:
Gebr. Spanjersberg N.V., Dutch, founded 1859  Search this
Photograph by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Ray Charles, American, 1930 - 2004  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 6 × 4 in. (15.2 × 10.2 cm)
Type:
portraits
photographic postcards
Date:
1960s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2011.57.40.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.57.40.2
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Receipt for payment for a recording session signed by Ray Charles

Created by:
Swing Time Records, American, 1947 - 1953  Search this
Received by:
Ray Charles, American, 1930 - 2004  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Type:
receipts
Place used:
Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Date:
November 24, 1950
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2011.57.40.1
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.57.40.1
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What'd I Say Part I / What'd I Say Part II

Published by:
Atlantic Records, American, founded 1947  Search this
Recorded by:
Ray Charles, American, 1930 - 2004  Search this
Medium:
(2010.34.11a): vinyl;
(2010.34.11b): ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (sleeve): 7 1/16 x 7 3/16 in. (17.9 x 18.3 cm)
Diameter (record): 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Type:
45 rpm records
Date:
1959
Topic:
African American  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Soul (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.34.11ab
Restrictions & Rights:
© Atlantic Records. Permission required for use.
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Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.34.11ab
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Soul Limbo / Heads or Tails

Published by:
Stax Records, American, founded 1957  Search this
Recorded by:
Booker T. Jones, American, born 1944  Search this
Medium:
(2010.34.5a): vinyl;
(2010.34.5b): ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (sleeve): 7 x 7 3/16 in. (17.8 x 18.3 cm)
Diameter (record): 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Type:
45 rpm records
Date:
1968
Topic:
African American  Search this
Funk (Music)  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.34.5ab
Restrictions & Rights:
© Stax Records. Permission required for use.
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Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.34.5ab
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Mama Didn't Know / The Monkey Time

Published by:
Okeh Records, American, 1916 - 2000  Search this
Recorded by:
Major Lance, American, 1939 - 1994  Search this
Medium:
(2010.34.9a): vinyl;
(20120.34.9b): ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (sleeve): 6 7/8 x 7 1/16 in. (17.5 x 17.9 cm)
Diameter (record): 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Type:
45 rpm records
Date:
1963
Topic:
African American  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Soul (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.34.9ab
Restrictions & Rights:
© Columbia Records. Permission required for use.
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Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.34.9ab
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Louis Jordan "Blue Light Boogie": Mr. Personality, In Person!

Title:
Program for a Louis Jordan performance in New Orleans, Louisiana
Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Louis Jordan, American, 1908 - 1975  Search this
Dew Drop Inn, American, 1938 - 1972  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 11 x 8 in. (27.9 x 20.3 cm)
Type:
programs
Place used:
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1949
Topic:
African American  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Henrietta W. Shelton, Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc.
Object number:
2011.145.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
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Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.145.2
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Letter from Jimmie Davis about the song "You Are My Sunshine"

Written by:
Jimmie Davis  Search this
Subject of:
Ray Charles, American, 1930 - 2004  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Type:
letters (correspondence)
Place made:
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Place used:
San Francisco, California, United States, North and Central America
Date:
December 3, 1962
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Correspondence  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2011.68.1.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.68.1.2

Boogie And Blues

Recorded by:
The Aristocats, American  Search this
Al Mitchell, American  Search this
Art Maryland, American  Search this
Joe Alexander  Search this
Distributed by:
HiFi Records, American, founded 1956  Search this
Owned by:
Ginger Smock, American, 1920 - 1995  Search this
Medium:
vinyl, ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (album jacket): 12 5/16 × 12 5/16 in. (31.3 × 31.3 cm)
Diameter (record): 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Type:
long-playing records
Date:
1958
Topic:
African American  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Lydia Samuel Bennett
Object number:
2016.161.3.2ab
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2016.161.3.2ab
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Pin back button from Commodores 1978 Platinum Tour

Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Distributed by:
Motown Record Corporation, American, founded 1959  Search this
Subject of:
Commodores, American, founded 1968  Search this
Medium:
paper, plastic laminate, metal
Dimensions:
Diameter: 2 3/8 × 3/8 in. (6 × 1 cm)
Type:
buttons (information artifacts)
Date:
1978
Topic:
African American  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2016.68.1
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2016.68.1
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Backstage pass for SWV concert

Manufactured by:
Perri Entertainment Services, Inc., American, 1992 - 2003  Search this
Subject of:
SWV, American, founded 1990  Search this
Medium:
ink, paper, plastic
Dimensions:
H x W: 4 13/16 × 2 7/8 × 1/16 in. (12.2 × 7.3 × 0.2 cm)
Type:
passes (tickets)
Date:
1996
Topic:
African American  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2016.68.13
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1996 BMG Entertainment. Permission required for use.
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Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2016.68.13

I Can't Stop Loving You / Born To Lose

Published by:
ABC Records, American, 1955 - 1979  Search this
Recorded by:
Ray Charles, American, 1930 - 2004  Search this
Medium:
(2010.34.12a): vinyl;
(2010.34.12b): ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (sleeve): 7 x 7 1/16 in. (17.8 x 17.9 cm)
Diameter (record): 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Type:
45 rpm records
Date:
1962
Topic:
African American  Search this
Country (Music)  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Soul (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.34.12ab
Restrictions & Rights:
© MCA Records. Permission required for use.
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Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.34.12ab
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Untitled

Photograph by:
Milton Williams, American, born 1940  Search this
Subject of:
Ray Charles, American, 1930 - 2004  Search this
The Raelettes, American, 1956 - 2004  Search this
The Howard Theatre, American, founded 1910  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Image): 9 7/16 x 13 15/16 in. (24 x 35.4 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 11 x 13 15/16 in. (27.9 x 35.4 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Howard Theatre, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
May 17, 1980
Topic:
African American  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Local and regional  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Milton Williams Archives
Object number:
2011.15.101
Restrictions & Rights:
© Milton Williams
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Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.15.101

Untitled

Title:
Photographic print of The Staple Singers
Photograph by:
Milton Williams, American, born 1940  Search this
Subject of:
The Staple Singers, American, 1948 - 1994  Search this
Pops Staples, American, 1914 - 2000  Search this
Mavis Staples, American, born 1939  Search this
Cleotha Staples, American, 1935 - 2013  Search this
Yvonne Staples, American, born 1938  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in. (20.2 x 25.2 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1974
Topic:
African American  Search this
Gospel (Music)  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Milton Williams Archives
Object number:
2011.15.324
Restrictions & Rights:
© Milton Williams
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Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.15.324

Untitled

Photograph by:
Milton Williams, American, born 1940  Search this
Subject of:
Al Green, American, born 1946  Search this
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, American, founded 1961  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Image and Sheet): 13 7/8 x 10 15/16 in. (35.2 x 27.8 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
July 31, 1976
Topic:
African American  Search this
Festivals  Search this
Gospel (Music)  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Milton Williams Archives
Object number:
2011.15.69
Restrictions & Rights:
© Milton Williams
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Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.15.69

Autographed portrait of Deek Watson by M. Smith Studio

Photograph by:
Marvin Smith, American, 1910 - 2003  Search this
Morgan Smith, American, born 1910  Search this
Subject of:
Deek Watson, American, 1909 - 1969  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Sheet): 10 × 8 in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place made:
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1940s - 1950s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Rock and roll (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Robert and Brenda Strong
Object number:
2011.42.30
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Exhibition:
Cultural Expressions
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 050
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.42.30
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Playbill for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
Playwrights Horizons, American, founded 1971  Search this
Subject of:
Cheryl Alexander, American, born 1955  Search this
Natalie Venetia Belcon, American, born 1969  Search this
Duane Boutte, American  Search this
Darius de Haas, American, born 1968  Search this
Angel Desai  Search this
Jerry Dixon  Search this
Jonathan Dokuchitz, American  Search this
Felicia Finley, American, born 1971  Search this
Robert Jason Jackson, American  Search this
LaChanze, American, born 1961  Search this
Josh Tower  Search this
Debra M. Walton  Search this
Myiia Watson-Davis  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 3/4 x 5 5/8 in. (22.2 x 14.3 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
2000
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.18ab
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.18ab

Poster for The Four Inkspots and the N.B.C. Orchestra

Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Distributed by:
Gale Inc., American  Search this
Subject of:
The Ink Spots, American, 1931 - 1964  Search this
NBC Symphony Orchestra, American, 1937 - 1954  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 22 x 14 in. (55.9 x 35.6 cm)
Type:
posters
Place depicted:
Norwich University, Northfield, Washington County, Vermont, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1950s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Amusements  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Rock and roll (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2011.57.35
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.57.35
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