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Video: Obama, dignitaries break ground for African American history museum

C-SPAN covered today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

The museum, years in the making, will be built on the National Mall, site of many of the other Smithsonian museums. The original idea for such a museum came in the 19th century from U.S. Colored Troops veterans who served in the Civil War.

Click here to view the full-length video of the 1-hour, 37-minute event, which featured President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former first lady Laura Bush, U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia–a hero of the civil rights movement’s March on Selma, Ala.–Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch.  Actress and singer Phylicia Rashad emcee’d the ceremony.

The National African American Museum, due to open in 2015, will be the only national museum solely dedicated to documenting African American life, art, history and culture.