Begin With The Past: Building the National Museum of African American History $29.95, chronicles the long journey from idea to completion of our newest national treasure. Author and Columbia Graduate School of Architecture professor Mabel O. King chronicles the appointment of a director (Lonnie Bunch, III who also contributes the book’s foreword), the selection of a site, and the tedious process of conceiving, designing, building the Washington D.C. museum now open for all to enjoy.

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