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DuSable Museum Granted Smithsonian Affiliation Status

The DuSable Museum (Chloe Riley)The DuSable Museum (Chloe Riley)

The DuSable Museum of African-American History has been granted a special status by the Smithsonian Institution – a move the museum says marks the beginning of a long-term collaboration between the two institutions.

“With affiliate status, the DuSable will bring the Smithsonian to the community and the DuSable to the world,” the museum's president and CEO Perri Irmer said in a statement.

The partnership will allow the DuSable – co-founded in 1961 by art historian Margaret Burroughs – the opportunity to borrow Smithsonian artifacts and access the institution's traveling exhibits. The Adler Planetarium is the only other Chicago museum to share the affiliate status along with four statewide facilities.    

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