Metro unveils SmarTrip cards honoring new Smithsonian museum

WASHINGTON — To commemorate the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Metro released four limited-edition SmarTrip cards Friday.

The cards feature the new museum as well as icons of African American history, according to a Metro news release.

One card showcases a photo of the new museum, and another features the Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership — the iconic stage prop of George Clinton’s funk band, which left its mark on African American musical history. There will be a replica of the Mothership on display at the new museum.

The other two cards honor historic African American figures: One features an image of Harriet Tubman, and the other shows Frederick Douglass.

The limited-edition cards can be purchased online for $10, which includes $8 of stored fare value. They also will be available for purchase at Metro stations beginning on Friday, Sept. 16 and at several Metro sales offices beginning Monday, Sept. 12.

“These limited-edition SmarTrip cards commemorate the significance of having a museum on the National Mall that celebrates the richness of black culture and the vast contributions made by African Americans to our society,” Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld said in the news release.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will officially open Sept. 24.

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