Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ebony and Jet Images to be Donated After Photo Archive Sale

On Thursday, Walker as president of the Ford Foundation and Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, shepherded a $30 million deal to buy the photo archive of America’s most iconic Black magazines. A judge in Chicago approved the sale as part of an auction to pay off secured creditors of the Johnson Publishing Company, which sold the magazines three years ago.

Faith community salutes digital release of Freedmen’s Bureau records

The Los Angeles faith community joined with African Americans across the nation in celebrating the digital release of four million historical records from the Freedmen’s Bureau, the Civil War agency established to assist newly freed slaves. At a press conference on June 19 at the California African American Museum, scores of faith and community leaders applauded the move and committed to support the nation-wide indexing effort, which will allow the public online access to trace ancestors from that time period. From 1865 to 1872, the Freedmen’s Bureau helped former slaves in 15 states and the District of Columbia to adapt