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National Museum of African American History and Culture: Installed Collection Items
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Slave Cabin, c. early 1800s
A weatherboard-clad cabin used during slavery at Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, S.C.
Gift of the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society
Segregation-era Southern Railway car, No. 1200, c. 1920
A 44-seat segregated passenger car that serviced routes in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
Gift of Pete Claussen and Gulf and Ohio Railways
Tuskegee Airplane, Boeing-Stearman PT-13D Kaydet, c. 1944
A vintage, open-cockpit biplane that was used at Alabama’s renowned Tuskegee Institute to train African American pilots for Army Air Corps service during World War II.
Angola Prison Guard Tower, c. 1930–1940s
A 20-foot-tall tower used by prison guards to watch prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, one of the largest maximum-security prisons in the nation.
Gift of Louisiana State Penitentiary
Jones-Hall-Sims House, c. 1874
Log house from Poolesville, Md., that was built and inhabited by free slaves after the Civil War.
Gift of Bradley and Shannon Rhoderick
Chuck Berry’s Cadillac, c. 1973
The car is part of Berry’s personal fleet of Cadillacs and was driven during the filming of Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll, a 1987 documentary that chronicles two 1986 concerts.
Gift of Chuck Berry
The Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership, c. 1990
The 1,200-pound aluminum stage prop used at funk-musician George Clinton’s concerts.
Gift of Love to the planet
Soul Train Neon Sign, c. 1993
Neon sign used on the Soul Train TV show, 1993–2006.
Gift of Soul Train Holdings LLC
Sam Cooke Banner, c. 1964
Large banner advertising Sam Cooke used in Atlantic City, N.J.
Gift of Vicki Gold Levi
Minton’s Playhouse Sign, c. 1984
Historic neon sign from Minton’s Playhouse, a jazz club located in Harlem, N.Y.
Gift of Harlem Community Development Corp.
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