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African-American Museum traces decades of history

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMC) -

The six floor African-American Museum in Washington D.C. opened its doors to the media for a sneak peak at what's inside on Wednesday.

The museum spans decades of African-American history, tracing the times from the slave trade through abolitionism, to the civil rights movement and modern black culture.

The exhibits include thousands of artifacts and interactive displays.

"We are the foundation of the country, not the bottom, started from 246 years of work without wages, but it's not just for African-Americans. It's for everybody," Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader, said.

The museum opens to the public on September 24 and admission is free.

However, tickets for the first few weeks are already reserved.

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