WITNESS THE INSTALLATION OF THE MUSEUM’S FIRST OBJECTS INTO THE MUSEUM ON THE NATIONAL MALL
A Southern Railway (segregated) car built in 1920 and a 1930s-era guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
Sunday, November 17, 2013 7:00 AM Trucks arrive with guard tower. 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Prison guard tower installation. 10:00 AM Trucks arrive with railway car. 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Railway car and wheels installed.
Please note: This is a multi-layered operation and the schedule is subject to change.
| Guard Tower at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola
Where: Our construction site located at Constitution Ave and 14th Streets NW, Washington, DC Metro: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle
The National Museum of African American History and Culture will install two of its signature objects in the museum’s Constitution Avenue construction site on Sunday, Nov. 17. The objects are the Museum’s Southern Railway railroad car (segregated) and a 1930s-era guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
A convoy of trucks will transport the 80-ton rail car and the 21-foot tall guard tower to the museum’s Constitution Avenue construction site. Cranes will lower the objects 60 feet below ground level into the museum where they will be kept while the building’s upper floors and roof are completed. Both objects will be featured in the museum’s inaugural exhibition on segregation.
You are welcome to view these events from the grassy hill on Madison Drive across from the site. This is a non-ticketed, informal viewing area that will be open to the public.
| Railroad car before refurbishment.
|| Refurbished railroad car.
Photos and videos will be available after the installation.
Please be advised that a section of Constitution Avenue NW will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during this time.