Note: This is the eighth installment of WCBS 880’s Black History Month series.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s impossible to miss the new museum coming right next to the Washington Monument.READ MORE: CNN's Chris Cuomo Fired Over Involvement In Brother Andrew Cuomo's Response To Sexual Harassment Scandal
It looks like nothing else on the National Mall.
“All the other buildings are stone or brick. This is a bronze-clad building,” David Adjaye, architect of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving back in 2014.
Now, the building is up and set to open in Washington on Sept. 24 of this year.READ MORE: Purple & Black Bunting Hung At Bronx Fire Station To Honor Late Probationary Firefighter Vincent Malveaux
Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s director, says so much of black history is hidden in plain sight.
“African Americans helping to build the white house, or the U.S. Capitol… buildings throughout the south were shaped by the African American community,” Bunch said.
The bronze facade is patterned.
“Designs [are] taken from the ironwork that so many of the enslaved people made in Charleston and New Orleans,” Bunch explained.MORE NEWS: 1 Killed In Paterson House Fire
Bunch said inside the museum, the full range of black contributions to the American experience will be featured.