National Museum of African American
History and Culture
Celebrating and commemorating freedom
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) celebrated a historic moment with the Linder-led production of its first event held on museum grounds in the lead up to a highly anticipated Grand Opening in September 2016. After two years of planning, Linder and NMAAHC welcomed supporters to celebrate and commemorate freedom on the anniversary of three defining milestones in African American History: the 150th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 13th Amendment, 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War, and the 50th Anniversary of the Passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Linder managed the logistics of the project, working closely with a variety of Smithsonian departments and vendor partners to create a moving visual display on the building, which was still under going construction. With the dedicated participation of the construction teams, all stakeholders, including staff, crew and guests, the active construction site was safe for all to enjoy the powerful program. Brief remarks were made by District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congressional Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Museum Director Lonnie Bunch. Performances included the likes of BeBe Winans, Darin Atwater & Soulful Symphony, and the Heritage Signature Chorale, conducted by Stanley J. Thurston. The museum hosted a live stream of the evening’s events so supporters worldwide could access the energy and history being made in the nation’s capital in real-time. The onstage performances were lit and amplified by audio, video and lighting support overseen by Linder’s team and the seven-and-a-half minute projection mapped film was displayed on loop for three consecutive nights for public viewing that week. It was a powerful evening, filled with music, poetry and impactful words – and one that marks the beginning of a new chapter on the National Mall.