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The Smithsonian Unites With Tuskegee University

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TUSKEGEE, Ala. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture will collaborate with the Tuskegee University Archives to preserve and share significant parts of the nation's Civil Rights Era with the world.

A news release from Tuskegee University says the museum is scheduled to open September 24. The Tuskegee University Archives has a Memorandum of Understanding with the museum that will support several projects, including digitization of materials, lectures and education workshops.

For the first phase of the MOU, the museum has given $25,000 to the university to preserve the legacy of Amelia Boynton Robinson, best known as the beaten woman in the iconic photo of the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march.

Other future projects planned include a civil rights symposium in 2018 at the university with prominent Civil Rights historians.

Earlier this month, a new partnership between the Google Cultural Institute and the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas made a Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit viewable to people online around the world.

The virtual exhibition allows viewers to explore the Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit and other aviation artifacts from the ground level. Visitors can move around the Museum virtually for information on items of interest or to check out high-resolution images, where available.

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