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Celebrating the Groundbreaking of Smithsonian African American History And Culture Museum

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow made the following statement today regarding the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"Michigan has a long and rich history of contributions to our nation's African American history. This museum will honor many great Americans with ties to Michigan, from Barry Gordy and the sound of Motown to great innovators, like Elijah McCoy and George Washington Carver, as well as trailblazers like Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth. Michigan's history will be an integral part of this museum, and I celebrate today's groundbreaking as we look forward to being able to walk through the halls of the newest member of the Smithsonian institution."

Legislation authorizing this museum, which Senator Stabenow co-sponsored, was passed by Congress in 2003. The museum is being funded by public/private partnerships, with donations from various corporations and charitable organizations. More information about the museum can be found at

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