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Dorwin, Harold  Search this
Samper, Cristián  Search this
Brown, Solomon Galleon c. 1829-1906  Search this
Evans, David L  Search this
Payne, Clara Ellis  Search this
Payne, Darryl Brandon  Search this
Lowe, Gail Sylvia  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 10.3w x 7.2h; Type of Image: Group; Exterior; Event; Medium: Digital Image
Washington (D.C.)
June 15, 2004
Born Digitial Images
Original Image is a Born Digital from Accession 09-291. The original negative is tree.jpg. The image was featured in the July 2004 edition of the "Torch."
The image incorrectly lists Dr. Gail Lowe as Dr. Gail Evans.
The Smithsonian commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ground breaking for the Natural History Museum Building with a ceremony on June 15, 2004 which paid tribute to the memory of Solomon G. Brown, the Smithsonian Institution's first African American employee. Brown, who was at the 1904 ground breaking, was a self-taught natural historian and poet who worked for the Institution for more than 50 years. In his reminiscences, Brown expressed regret that the trees had to be cut down to build the new museum. In the image from the left, David Evans, Under Secretary for Science; Gail Lowe, senior historian, Anacostia Museum; Clara Ellis Payne and Darryl Brandon Payne, descendants of Solomon Brown; and Cristian Samper, National Museum of Natural History director.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-291, Folder: TORCH July-December 2004
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
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Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
African Americans  Search this
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div