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29 Must-See Items At The New Smithsonian Museum Of African American History

After years of construction — and painstaking work by historians to build an enormous collection — the museum opened to the public on Saturday.

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12. Shards of stained glass from the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama — the site of a 1963 bombing.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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13. A ticket stub from the 1964 World Heavyweight Championship bout between Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

15. The warm-up suit worn by athlete Tommie Smith while raising his hand in the Black Power salute on the medal podium at the 1968 Olympics.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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27. Former secretary of state and retired four-star general Colin Powell's army uniform.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of General Colin L. Powell, USA

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