‘Underground’ to be screened during African-American museum opening at Oprah Winfrey Theater

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As part of the historic opening of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African-American History and Culture, visitors will be treated to a special screening of ‘Underground.’

The “Underground” series follows a group of slaves planning a 600-mile escape from a Georgia Plantation and has broken ratings records for its parent network WGN.

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The screening will be the first public program to take place at the Oprah Winfrey Theater, named in honor of the media mogul, who donated $12 million dollars to the museum.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to travel to Washington, D.C. for the museum’s opening weekend on September 24th, which will feature a dedication by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as a three-day Freedom Sounds Festival.

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The museum will be located right on the National Mall, and the 400,000-square-foot space “will be the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American experience.”

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