MIAMI (CBSMiami) — On Monday, September 12th, “CBS This Morning” will make history with a look back at history.
The show will broadcast live from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
CBS4 Anchor Lauren Pastrana spoke to the show’s hosts about why it was important for them to showcase the new museum.
“For us to be able to say to America, ‘Look, this is what is happening.’ Here is a place that is new. A lot of money and a lot of effort has gone into bringing in a series of artifacts for a learning experience that will teach us about the history and the culture,” said Charlie Rose.
CBS This Morning will be the first show to broadcast live from the bronze-colored building that sits on five acres on the National Mall overlooking the Washington Monument.
“I was fascinated to learn it was first conceived, the idea, in 1950,” Norah O’Donnell said. “It took all the way to George W. Bush in 2003 to finally get Congress to fund part of it, only half of it. And then it took another $270 million in private contributions to get this museum built.
The 2-hour broadcast will be presented with limited commercial interruptions and feature interviews with lawmakers, historians, and curators who were part of bringing the museum to life.
Viewers will get a preview of the roughly 36,000 artifacts highlighting African American life, music, sports, and politics.
“It’s going to take you on a historical journey. They’re going to have a slave house. Slave ships. Emmett Till’s coffin. So you go from that, to the election of President Barack Obama all in one building,” said host Gayle King.
The museum doesn’t open to the public until September 24th.
Be sure to watch the special broadcast Monday at 7 a.m. on CBS4, right after CBS4 News This Morning.