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Exhibit featuring Stories and Futures of Black Liberation will spotlight The Black Panther

Next March, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will debut a major, thought-provoking new exhibition, “Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures."

A centerpiece of the exhibition will be the Black Panther costume worn by the late Chadwick Boseman in the blockbuster Marvel movie. The Black Panther is the first superhero of African descent to appear in mainstream American comics, and the 2018 film itself was the first major cinematic production based on the character.

The 4,300-square-foot temporary exhibit will open on March 24, 2023. Visitors will see a variety of objects from Afrofuturism pioneers, including Octavia Butler’s typewriter, Nichelle Nichols’ Star Trek uniform as the character Lt. Uhura and Nona Hendryx’s spacesuit-inspired costume worn while performing with LaBelle.

Since opening six years ago, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. has welcomed more than 8.5 million in-person visitors and millions more through its digital presence.

For more information about the museum, visit or follow @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000. 

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