A Place for All People is a historic poster exhibit celebrating the opening of the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. A Place for All People is generously supported by the Smithsonian Institution's Office of the Provost.

Based on the Museum’s inaugural exhibitions exploring African American history, culture and community, the poster exhibit is accompanied by programming ideas and educational resources to help venues connect to the Museum’s opening events.


The African American story is one characterized by pain and glory, power and civility, enslavement and freedom. A Place for All People evokes the power of oration and freedom stories, the brilliance of artistic achievement, and the soaring heights of cultural expression, philosophy, sports, and politics. In addition to profiling the long struggle to create the Museum, the building’s architectural design and its prominent location on the National Mall, the poster exhibit is a survey of the African American community’s powerful, deep and lasting contributions to the American story.

All copies of the printed poster sets have now been distributed. Requestors will receive a link to the high-resolution digital files and complete instructions for printing. All venues will receive a complete user guide including supplementary programming ideas and educational resources to engage their community. Each host venue will be required to complete a short Exhibitor Survey following their exhibit display.

Please register as an official part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Lift Every Voice campaign here.  By registering, your display of the poster exhibit and any related events will be featured on the museum’s website as part of a global directory of celebrations. The campaign is an ideal way to tell the nation about the great work you are doing to celebrate African American history and culture in your community.  Displays and events can occur anytime within the inaugural year, now through December 2017.



Exhibition specifications


High-resolution, digital design files for 20 posters
(while supplies last)

Poster handbook and user guide including:
- printing, mounting and display recommendations
- promotional resources including images and ad templates
- programming ideas and educational resources

Participation Fee FREE (supported by the Smithsonian Institution's Office of the Provost)
Size 40-50 running feet
Category History & Culture
SITES Contact Stephanie McCoy-Johnson, 202-633-3105

Digital design files available immediately by request


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Tour itinerary

Host Institution City State
Lick-Wilmerding High School San Francisco CA
Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History Kennesaw GA
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy NY
Out of Africa Heritage Arts Center Springfield IL
Birthplace of Country Music Museum Bristol VA
Copper Mountain College Joshua Tree CA
Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum Springfield IL
Harford County Public Library Belcamp MD
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis IN
Cross Lutheran School New Braunfels TX
St. Thomas University Library Miami Gardens FL
Banneker-Douglass Museum Annapolis MD
Pearce Museum Corsicana TX
Legacy Productions Sanibel FL
Hedgepeth Williams School Ewing NJ
Circle of Community Leadership Sanibel FL
Fort Smith Public Library Fort Smith AR
Pilgrim Rest AME Church Monticello AR
Ocean County Library, Jackson Branch Jackson NJ
The DuSable Museum of African American History Chicago IL
Urban League of Nebraska Omaha NE
Lincoln Public Library Lincoln NH
Indiana University- Purdue University, Indianapolis Indianapolis IN
Branigan Cultural Center Las Cruces NM
Folsom Middle School Folsom CA
Live Oak Public Libraries Savannah GA
The Morris Museum of Art Augusta GA
The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg Spartanburg SC
Richard J. Daley College Chicago IL
Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College Wilmington OH
Turnaround Arts: Milwaukee Milwaukee WI
Palm Beach State College Lake Worth FL
Delta Blues Museum Clarksdale MS
Crandall Public Library Glens Falls NY
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago IL
Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History Chapel Hill NC
Santa Fe College Gainesville FL
The Newark Public Library Newark NJ
Schingoethe Center of Aurora University Aurora IL
Lynn Museum & Historical Society Lynn MA
Anthropology Museum and Department, CSU- Sacramento Sacramento CA
CSU- Dominguez Hills Carson CA
Ralph J. Bunche Community Center, Inc. Annapolis MD
Missouri State University Springfield MO
Denver Museum of Nature & Science Denver CO
School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens Washington DC
Imperial Centre Rocky Mount NC
Stanton County Museum Johnson KS
Library of Virginia Richmond VA
Ossining Public Library Ossining NY
Great Plains Black History Museum Omaha NE
Kauffman Museum North Newton KS
McLain High School Tulsa OK
The House of the Seven Gables Salem MA
Artistree Studios & Gallery Rome NY
Omaha Public Library Omaha NE
Tufts University Art Gallery Medford MA
Fresno High School Fresno CA
Birmingham African American Genealogy Group, Inc. Birmingham AL
Iberia Parish Library New Iberia LA
Bessie Smith Culture Center Chattanooga TN
International Storytelling Center Jonesborough TN
Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum Arkansas City KS
James Bowie Middle School Richmond TX
Central Arkansas Library System Little Rock AR
Onondaga Historical Association Syracuse NY
International Civil Rights Center & Museum Greensboro NC
K. Scott Gallery & Cultural Arts Center Capitol Heights MD
Marengo County History & Archives Museum Faunsdale AL
Capitol Heights Elementary School Capitol Heights MD
The Terrace Gallery, City Hall Orlando FL
Enduring Legacy Trust for Historic Preservation / Berri T. McBride Family Trust Missouri City TX


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Related publications

The National Museum of African Amerian History and Culture offers a variety of educational programs and lessons for adults, educators, families, and students.
Check out the museum's website for a full spectrum of those opportunities:

George Clinton Performing at the Bring Back the Funk
Concert, June 2012.

Photo courtesy of Sharon Farmer


Book Discussions
Expressive Culture, Lifestyle, and Skill Building
Taking the Stage

Early Childhood Education Initiative
Let's Talk! Dialogue on Race Initiative
Professional Learning Events


Internships & Fellowships

The Power of the Written Word
National History Day


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» Exhibition Specifications

» Participating Exhibitors

» Educational Resources

» Exhibitor Survey

» National Museum of African American History and Culture

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