National Museum of African American Music opens in Nashville

  • Written by Stacy M. Brown
  • Published on 28th March 2021
The guitar will be placed temporarily in the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville, where visitors can view this smashed guitar – with its neck and fretboard still intact – for themselves. Photo: Milwaukee Community Journal.
  • “We look forward to welcoming music lovers from around the world to this magnificent cultural experience.”  – H. Beecher Hicks, CEO and President of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM)
  • “We have been preparing for this day for more than 20 years, but this museum has actually been more than 400 years in the making,” Hicks remarked.
  • The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will be opening in Tenn, Nashville. This will give visitors around the world an opportunity to learn about the great contribution and continuing influence that African American musicians and singers have had on the history of American music. This museum has seven galleries: each covering a different history of African American music. The galleries will also explore how music created by African artists have led to the creation of many different genres of music which continues to influence contemporary music today. There will be 1,500 artefacts, objects and clothing from Black musicians and singers. This includes a guitar that belonged to B.B. King and a kimono worn by Alicia Keys.
  • There will be a limit on the number of visitors allowed into the museum due to the Covid -19 pandemic. Visitors will need to wear masks and follow social distancing rules to enter the museum.
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