African American Civil War Museum/ Grimke School Redevelopment

“We are excited to embark on this new journey to enhance the museum’s footprint and create a more engaging experience for our visitors.” Frank Smith, Founding Director of the African American Civil War Museum

On June 4, 2014, the Government of the District of Columbia (the “District”), through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (“DMPED”), issued a Request for Proposals (REP) to rehabilitate and reuse the Grimke School Building at 1923 Vermont Ave, NW. The plan includes a newly renovated museum space for the African American Civil War Museum at approximately 14,000 square feet.

As part of the plan the museum will use a $3.4 million grant to add three new exhibits, a multitude of new artifacts and a state of the art theater to enhance the visitor experience. One of these exhibits, “Slavery to the White House: The USCT Heritage of First Lady Michelle Obama,” will explore the story of two of the First Lady’s ancestors, Jerry Sutton/Sutter 55th USCT and Ceaser Cohen, 128th USCT, both of which are listed with their respective Regiments on the African American Civil War Memorial Wall of Honor at Vermont Avenue and U Streets in the Nation’s Capital.