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Historic Images Highlights
Easter Monday at the National Zoo, 1900s
annual Easter Egg Roll on Easter Monday at the
National Zoological Park. At the top of the hill,
the original 1891 Animal House, also known as the
Lion House, designed by William R. Emerson is visible.
By the turn of the century the National Zoological
Park had become a popular spot to spend Easter
Monday. Crowds spent the day seeing the animals,
picnicking, and enjoying the Annual Easter Egg
Roll on Lion and Tiger Hill, shown here. The zoo
officials called Easter Tuesday "The Cleanup
Ali's Visit to the National Museum of History
and Technology (now the National Museum of American
of Muhammad Ali to the National Museum of History
and Technology, now the National Museum of American
History, March 17, 1976, when he donated a pair
of gloves and a robe to the museum for the "Nations
of Nations" exhibition.
New Orleans' Performers for Folklife Festival, 1985
Chief Charles Taylor from New Orleans leads daily
parades at the 1985 Folklife Festival. Taylor belongs
to the White Cloud Hunter tribe, a group of black
men who dress for Mardi Gras in resplendently stylized
garb of Indian warriors.
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G. Brown, First African American Employee
at the Smithsonian (From the Smithsonian
Scrapbook Online Exhibit)
G. Brown (c. 1829-1906) was the first African American
employee at the Smithsonian Institution. He joined
the staff of the Smithsonian in 1852 and remained
in continuous service to the Institution until
he retired in 1906, after 54 years.
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