February is African American History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

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Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

Barack Obama became the first black president in the history of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009. The former Illinois senator only served one term in Congress before being elected commander-in-chief.

President Obama takes oath on the Lincoln Bible

Inaugurations: Stepping into History

Presidents as Poets


National Museum of African American History and Culture

On January 30, 2006, the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents selected a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument to serve as the location for the new Museum.

Find out more about the Museum

200th Anniversary of the Slave Trade Act of 1808

One of the first steps along the path to Abolition, the Slave Trade Act went into effect on January 1, 1808. It outlawed further slave trade with Africa but did not make the institution of slavery in the United States illegal. The Center for the National Archives Experience held a day-long symposium to commemorate this event.

More symposium information

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