The National Museum of African American Music


Rendering Courtesy of The National Museum of African American Music

Black music has played a major role in American culture since African people were first brought here as slaves in the 17th century. Nashville soon will be the home of a unique space for exploring that legacy in great depth. After nearly two decades of preparation and planning, the National Museum of African American Music is set to open near the end of 2019 on a date to be announced; a grand-opening ceremony will follow in 2020.

The museum is slated to occupy a 56,000-square-foot corner of the mixed-use Fifth + Broadway development, facing Bridgestone Arena on one side and the Ryman on the other. CEO Henry Beecher Hicks III and his team are focused on making the museum a place to look closely at the threads of black…

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