Smithsonian National Museum Acquires “Black Panther” Objects

Smithsonian Black Panther
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture believes in the power of Wakanda.

The museum is celebrating the acquisition of multiple objects from Marvel’s record-breaking film, Black Panther.

Newly bought properties include the hero costume worn by Chadwick Boseman, a shooting script signed by Ryan Coogler (Director), Kevin Feige (Marvel President), Nate Moore (Executive Producer) and Joe Robert Cole (Co-writer) as well as two pages of spec script and 24 high-resolution production photographs.

Statement from the Smithsonian:

Black Panther is the first superhero of African descent to appear in mainstream American comics, and the film itself is the first major cinematic production based on the character. Black Panther illustrates the progression of blacks in film, an industry that in the past has overlooked blacks, or regulated them to flat, one-dimensional and marginalized figures. The film, like the museum, provides a fuller story of black culture and identity.

The Black Panther objects were acquired when the museum’s Earl W. & Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) hosted a public screening of the film. They’re likely to be on display during CAAMA’s first-ever Smithsonian African-American Film Festival in October.


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