‘Soul Train’ stops at Smithsonian

    The next stop for the "Soul Train" is the Smithsonian Museum where paraphernalia from the “hippest trip in America” will soon be on exhibit.

    The next stop for the "Soul Train" is the Smithsonian Museum where paraphernalia from the “hippest trip in America” will soon be on exhibit.

    As part of its efforts to collect artifacts and memorabilia for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, due to open in 2015, the Smithsonian is putting a few “Soul Train” items on exhibit in July.

    “From a scholarly point of view, this is one of those television shows that beamed African-American culture to the households of Black and White America, where generations of kids learned the latest and coolest dances,” said the museum’s founding director, Lonnie Bunch. “We are grateful to ‘Soul Train’ for donating an important piece of American history and pop culture to our museum.”

    “Soul Train,” a show similar to the ’60’s-era “American Bandstand” in that it highlighted popular musical acts, focused primarily on African-American artists. The series aired on weekends from 1971 to 2006. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the long running hit.

    Among other things, the museum has received two 10-feet wide neon “Soul Train” signs.

    “Having the opportunity to share the legacy of ‘Soul Train’ in this way is an incredible honor. The show and its achievements will be immortalized for future generations,” said the CEO of Soul Train Holdings, Kenard Gibbs, in a statement.

    The museum has already gathered memorabilia from the Apollo Theater and the Black Panther Party.

    Watch this Sister 2 Sister interview with Lonnie Bunch.

    —Tracy L. Scott

     

     

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