Portraits of George W. Davis (left) and Sgt. Stephen Johnson. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Aneita Gates, on behalf of her son, Kameron Gates, and all the Descendants of Captain William A. Prickitt hide caption

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Family Heirloom, National Treasure: Rare Photos Show Black Civil War Soldiers

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Kids Touching, 1940s. Joe Schwartz/Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture hide caption

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'Picturing Children' Shows More Than A Century Of African-American Childhoods

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An artist's conception of what the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will look like when it's finished in 2015. The Washington Monument is in the background. Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup/Courtesy of the museum hide caption

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