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RNC Celebrates New African-American Museum: 'An Important Milestone'

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Reince Priebus (AP)

By    |   Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 05:58 PM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus praised Saturday's opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution by saying that it "commemorates the legacy of African Americans and preserves it for posterity."

"The opening of this museum is an important milestone in African-American history, and a new opportunity for all Americans who visit our nation’s capital to learn about the triumphs and trials of African Americans throughout the life of our republic," Priebus said.

"Whether it was the fight for freedom led by Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, the artistic achievements of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Louis Armstrong, or the crusade for equality led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers, African Americans have made an indelible imprint on American life."

The 400,000-square-foot bronze-clad structure was opened Saturday in a ceremony featuring President Barack Obama and witnessed by thousands of spectators who had gathered in Washington.

The museum, the Smithsonian's 19th, is the first national institution tasked with documenting history of black people in the U.S., while also honoring the integral role of African-American culture.

"Beyond the majesty of the building, what makes this occasion so special is the larger story it contains," Obama said.

"African-American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story," he added.

"It's not the underside of the American story. It is central to the American story."

Priebus noted that such African-American Republicans as former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts and ex-Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, now the state's governor, "were instrumental in co-sponsoring the legislation that made this museum a reality."

RNC co-chair Sharon Day said that the museum takes "its rightful place alongside some of America's greatest national monuments.

"The African-American story is an indispensable part of American history, and we cannot neglect its telling," she added.

"This museum will help us all further understand and appreciate the contributions of African Americans to the life of the nation we all love."

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