National Museum of African American History and Culture unveil Oprah exhibit

WASHINGTON – When Oprah Winfrey closed her Harpo Studios in Chicago’s West Loop, she put some its furnishings into storage.

Now a set from Winfrey’s talk show, which put her on the path to becoming a global figure and one of the most successful entertainment executives in the world, is among the artifacts in an exhibit opening on Friday at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Watching Oprah, The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture.”

The 4,300-square-foot Oprah exhibition runs through June, 2019 and has three sections: “America Shapes Oprah, 1950s-1980s;” The Oprah Winfrey Show,” spawned in Chicago and “Oprah Shapes America.”

The daytime Oprah Winfrey Show, with its 4,561 episodes was produced in Chicago for 25 years, a period where Winfrey…

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