After 100 years in the making, new Smithsonian museum deemed a ‘miracle’

(Source: CBS News)

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture offers an unprecedented view of how America got to this point, but the museum’s own path is also vivid.

It’s been a long road, and the story of the museum, like the African-American experience, is one of trial and triumph, reports CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford.

It was a century in the making and a dream for generations. It became reality through tireless work by people like Judge Robert Wilkins, who helped build coalitions so the full story could be told and shared for generations to come.

The effort goes back to 1915, when black Civil War veterans — their contributions to winning their freedom ignored — pushed for a memorial to honor their service. Funding never came.

Decades later, the civil rights movement swept the country, reigniting the effort to recognize African-American history. But the roadblocks seemed almost insurmountable.

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