Wakanda forever: DC’s African-American history museum acquires ‘Black Panther’ items

WASHINGTON — If you’re still obsessing over the record-breaking Marvel film “Black Panther,” Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has some good news: You will soon be able to see the hero’s costume in person.

The D.C. museum has announced that it has acquired many “Black Panther” objects after its Earl W. & Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) hosted a public screening of the film at the museum in February.

The items include the Black Panther costume, worn by actor Chadwick Boseman, as well as a shooting script signed by director Ryan Coogler and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, two pages of spec script, and 24 high-resolution production photographs.

Plans for display are still under consideration, the museum says.

“Black Panther” is the first superhero of African descent to appear in mainstream American comics.

“The film, like the museum, provides a fuller story of black culture and identity,” the museum says in a news release.

For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s website.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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