A longtime dream -- 100 years -- will be fulfilled Saturday (Sept. 24) when the Smithsonian Institution dedicates and opens its 19th and newest addition: the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. A free three-day festival kicked off Friday (Sept. 23), running through the weekend, that includes two evening concerts starring such acts as Public Enemy and the Roots. ABC is also filming a two-hour celebratory special, Taking the Stage -- Changing America. Airing later this year, the special will feature Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, Common, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Gladys Knight, among others. Founding director Lonnie Bunch oversees the museum’s 12 inaugural collections, totaling nearly 37,000 objects. Below is a sneak peek at several of the artifacts on display in the Musical Crossroads collection, conceptualized by the museum’s curator of music Dwan Reece. The goal, says Reece, was to "get beyond a hall of fame approach and explore music in a social and cultural context."
James Brown’s black “Sex” jumpsuit (1970-1989)
Black "Sex" jumpsuit owned by James Brown from 1970-1989.
James Brown autographed shoes that say “Godfather of Soul” (1970s)
Pair of loafers worn and autographed by James Brown 1970s.
Michael Jackson shirt from the Jacksons’ Victory Tour (1984)
Shirt worn by Michael Jackson during Victory tour in 1984.
Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership (1990s)
Parliament-Funkadelic The Mothership from the 1990s.
Sammy Davis Jr. shoes (1938)
Sammy Davis Jr. tap shoes used in 1938 and manufactured by the Windsor Shoe Company.