In celebration of the of the 2016 National Museum of African American History and Culture's grand opening, the Smithsonian's National Zoo presents a gallery of photos and stories from African Americans’ experiences at the Zoo. The exhibit is on display in the Jessie Cohen Photography Gallery in the Visitor Center beginning September 2016.
Since the early 1900s, Washington-area African Americans have thought of the Zoo as part of their community and created rich memories from their time spent there. Families from across the region submitted stories and photo of their experiences, including some of those below. Be sure to visit the exhibit in person to see all the photos and stories.