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Obama Speaks at African American Museum Groundbreaking -- PICTURES

February 22, 2012

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with other influential American leaders, attend the groundbreaking of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday in Washington.

The museum's mission is to "be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African-American experience, what it means to their lives, and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all."

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand for the national anthem during the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Feb. 22, 2012.(Susan Walsh/AP)

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to attend a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Feb. 22, 2012.(SUSAN WALSH/AP)

 

President Obama speaks at the groundbreaking of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Feb. 22, 2012.(CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)

President Obama embraces Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., as former first lady Laura Bush stands at right at the groundbreaking for the National Museum of American History and Culture in Washington on Feb. 22, 2012.(Charles Dharapak/AP)

 

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama applaud as Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., speaks at the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Feb. 22, 2012.(CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)

President Obama listens as Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., not pictured, speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Feb. 22, 2012.(SUSAN WALSH/AP)

Former first lady Laura Bush speaks as President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama listen at the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Feb. 22, 2012. Also shown are Lonnie Bunch, museum director (center right) and France Cordova, chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents (right).(CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)

 

First lady Michelle Obama (left) watches as former first lady Laura Bush (right) shakes hands with President Obama during the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Feb. 22, 2012. Bush had just concluded her remarks.(SUSAN WALSH/AP)

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watch as (from left) Richard Parsons, cochair of the National Museum of African American History and Culture council, Patty Stonesifer of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, former first lady Laura Bush, Wayne Clough, Smithsonian Institution secretary, Lonnie Bunch, museum director, Richard Kurin, Smithsonian undersecretary for history, art and culture, lift shovels during the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Feb. 22, 2012.(CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)

 
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