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New African-American history museum took a decade in build

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opening this weekend in Washington took more than a decade to build. A look at some of the key milestones in its construction:

Dec. 16, 2003

President George W. Bush signs legislation creating the museum. Early on, it is scheduled to open in 2011. It is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, half of which will come from Congress and the rest from donations. The idea for museum and memorial traces back to 1915 and a group of African-American Civil War veterans.

March 14, 2005

Lonnie G. Bunch III is named founding director of the museum. Before taking the job, he served as the president of the...