The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is remodeling how people will interact with artifacts from the course of history with a new 3-D installation all in time for Black History Month.
Many museums throughout the U.S. are conflicted with how to showcase historical artifacts to the world that are too fragile to be handled by the public. Now, the NMAAHC will have the opportunity to showcase and intermingle with rare Black history items in a virtual experience.
The 3-D installment was created by a volunteer group that is part of Google.org’s advances to increase exposure and availability to historical artifacts throughout America. It will feature items like a can of Madame C.J Walker’s hair growth oil to platform shoes that were worn on Broadway.
Back in 2016, Google.org initially donated $1 million to the NMAAHC.This adds to Google’s consistent efforts to highly encourage a diversify people and expand the arts and culture within the world.
The technology powerhouse further announced that they gave $1 million grant to The Hidden Genius Project, which is an Oakland-based California group that mentors Black boys and helps them to shift their perceptions of computer scientists and other technological fields. Google.org Principal Justin Steele states that “funds will help the organization grow into new cities, train more staff, and expand their work to inspire more young people to pursue careers at the intersection of tech and their passions.”
These contributions to mentorship programs and museums will continue to promote and bring to life history and new topics of interest to the masses.