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Wakanda to Smithsonian: NMAAHC Acquires Objects From ‘Black Panther’ Film

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Wakanda to Smithsonian:
NMAAHC Acquires Objects from ‘Black Panther’ Film

Black Panther’s hero costume is part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collection. The Museum acquired several objects from the record-breaking film Black Panther, including the hero costume worn by actor Chadwick Boseman; a partial shooting script signed by Ryan Coogler (co-writer; director), Kevin Feige (producer, president of Marvel Studios),Nate Moore (executive producer) and Joe Robert Cole (co-writer; producer); and 24 high-resolution production photographs. Plans for display of the objects are under consideration by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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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 origin story of the Black Panther character started in the late 1960s, during the height of the civil rights movement-a critical period in American history and an era that the museum explores in many of its exhibitions.

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Film still photo credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History of Culture, Gift of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, ©Marvel/Matt Kennedy

Suit photo credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History of Culture, Gift of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, ©Marvel, photos taken by NMAAHC/Lanae Spruce

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