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108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 2205

To establish within the Smithsonian Institution the National Museum of 
     African American History and Culture, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                              May 22, 2003

  Mr. Lewis of Georgia (for himself and Mr. Kingston) introduced the 
     following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House 
Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and 
   Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the 
  Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall 
           within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
To establish within the Smithsonian Institution the National Museum of 
     African American History and Culture, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``National Museum of African American 
History and Culture Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds that--
            (1) since its founding, the United States has grown into a 
        symbol of democracy and freedom around the world, and the 
        legacy of African Americans is rooted in the very fabric of the 
        democracy and freedom of the United States;
            (2) there exists no national museum within the Smithsonian 
        Institution located on the National Mall that--
                    (A) is devoted to the documentation of African 
                American life, art, history, and culture; and
                    (B) encompasses, on a national level--
                            (i) the period of slavery;
                            (ii) the era of reconstruction;
                            (iii) the Harlem renaissance;
                            (iv) the civil rights movement; and
                            (v) other periods associated with African 
                        American life, art, history, and culture; and
            (3) a National Museum of African American History and 
        Culture would be dedicated to the collection, preservation, 
        research, and exhibition of African American historical and 
        cultural material reflecting the breadth and depth of the 
        experiences of individuals of African descent living in the 
        United States.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
            (1) Board of regents.--The term ``Board of Regents'' means 
        the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
            (2) Council.--The term ``Council'' means the National 
        Museum of African American History and Culture Council 
        established by section 5.
            (3) Museum.--The term ``Museum'' means the National Museum 
        of African American History and Culture established by section 
        4.
            (4) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Smithsonian Institution.

SEC. 4. ESTABLISHMENT OF MUSEUM.

    (a) Establishment.--There is established within the Smithsonian 
Institution a museum to be known as the ``National Museum of African 
American History and Culture''.
    (b) Purpose.--The purpose of the Museum shall be to provide for--
            (1) the collection, study, and establishment of programs 
        relating to African American life, art, history, and culture 
        that encompass--
                    (A) the period of slavery;
                    (B) the era of reconstruction;
                    (C) the Harlem renaissance;
                    (D) the civil rights movement; and
                    (E) other periods of the African American diaspora;
            (2) the creation and maintenance of permanent and temporary 
        exhibits documenting the history of slavery in America and 
        African American life, art, history, and culture during the 
        periods referred to in paragraph (1);
            (3) the collection and study of artifacts and documents 
        relating to African American life, art, history, and culture; 
        and
            (4) collaboration between the Museum and other museums, 
        historically black colleges and universities, historical 
        societies, educational institutions, and other organizations 
        that promote the study or appreciation of African American 
        life, art, history, or culture, including collaboration 
        concerning--
                    (A) development of cooperative programs and 
                exhibitions;
                    (B) identification, management, and care of 
                collections; and
                    (C) training of museum professionals.

SEC. 5. COUNCIL.

    (a) Establishment.--There is established within the Smithsonian 
Institution a council to be known as the ``National Museum of African 
American History and Culture Council''.
    (b) Duties.--
            (1) In general.--The Council shall--
                    (A) make recommendations to the Board of Regents 
                concerning the planning, design, and construction of 
                the Museum;
                    (B) advise and assist the Board of Regents on all 
                matters relating to the administration, operation, 
                maintenance, and preservation of the Museum;
                    (C) recommend annual operating budgets for the 
                Museum to the Board of Regents;
                    (D) report annually to the Board of Regents on the 
                acquisition, disposition, and display of objects 
                relating to African American life, art, history, and 
                culture; and
                    (E) adopt bylaws for the operation of the Council.
            (2) Principal responsibilities.--The Council, subject to 
        the general policies of the Board of Regents, shall have sole 
        authority to--
                    (A) purchase, accept, borrow, and otherwise acquire 
                artifacts and other property for addition to the 
                collections of the Museum;
                    (B) loan, exchange, sell, and otherwise dispose of 
                any part of the collections of the Museum, but only if 
                the funds generated by that disposition are used for--
                            (i) additions to the collections of the 
                        Museum; or
                            (ii) programs carried out under section 
                        7(a); and
                    (C) specify criteria with respect to the use of the 
                collections and resources of the Museum, including 
                policies on programming, education, exhibitions, and 
                research with respect to--
                            (i) the life, art, history, and culture of 
                        African Americans;
                            (ii) the role of African Americans in the 
                        history of the United States from the period of 
                        slavery to the present; and
                            (iii) the contributions of African 
                        Americans to society.
            (3) Other responsibilities.--The Council, subject to the 
        general policies of the Board of Regents, shall have 
        authority--
                    (A) to provide for preservation, restoration, and 
                maintenance of the collections of the Museum; and
                    (B) to solicit, accept, use, and dispose of gifts, 
                bequests, and devises of services and property, both 
                real and personal, for the purpose of aiding and 
                facilitating the work of the Museum.
    (c) Composition and Appointment.--
            (1) In general.--The Council shall be composed of 19 voting 
        members as provided under paragraph (2).
            (2) Voting members.--The Council shall include the 
        following voting members:
                    (A) The Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
                    (B) 1 member of the Board of Regents, appointed by 
                the Board of Regents.
                    (C) 17 individuals appointed by the Board of 
                Regents--
                            (i) taking into consideration individuals 
                        recommended by organizations and entities that 
                        are committed to the advancement of knowledge 
                        of African American life, art, history, and 
                        culture; and
                            (ii) taking into consideration individuals 
                        recommended by the other members of the 
                        Council.
            (3) Initial appointments.--The Board of Regents shall make 
        initial appointments to the Council under paragraph (2) not 
        later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
            (4) Special rule for certain members.--Of the total number 
        of members of the Council appointed under subparagraph (C) of 
        paragraph (2), not fewer than 9 shall be of African-American 
        descent.
    (d) Terms.--
            (1) In general.--Except as provided in this subsection, 
        each appointed member of the Council shall be appointed for a 
        term of 6 years.
            (2) Initial appointees.--As designated by the Board of 
        Regents at the time of appointment, of the voting members first 
        appointed under subparagraph (C) of subsection (c)(2)--
                    (A) 6 members shall be appointed for a term of 2 
                years;
                    (B) 6 members shall be appointed for a term of 4 
                years; and
                    (C) 5 members shall be appointed for a term of 6 
                years.
            (3) Reappointment.--A member of the Council may be 
        reappointed, except that no individual may serve on the Council 
        for a total of more than 2 terms.
            (4) Vacancies.--
                    (A) In general.--A vacancy on the Council--
                            (i) shall not affect the powers of the 
                        Council; and
                            (ii) shall be filled in the same manner as 
                        the original appointment was made.
                    (B) Term.--Any member of the Council appointed to 
                fill a vacancy occurring before the expiration of the 
                term for which the member's predecessor was appointed 
                shall be appointed for the remainder of that term.
    (e) Compensation.--
            (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), a 
        member of the Council shall serve without pay.
            (2) Travel expenses.--A member of the Council shall be 
        allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of 
        subsistence, at rates authorized for an employee of an agency 
        under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States 
        Code, while away from the home or regular place of business of 
        the member in the performance of the duties of the Council.
    (f) Chairperson.--By a majority vote of its voting members, the 
Council shall elect a chairperson from its members.
    (g) Meetings.--
            (1) In general.--The Council shall meet at the call of the 
        chairperson or on the written request of a majority of the 
        voting members of the Council, but not fewer than twice each 
        year.
            (2) Initial meetings.--During the 1-year period beginning 
        on the date of the first meeting of the Council, the Council 
        shall meet not fewer than 4 times for the purpose of carrying 
        out the duties of the Council under this Act.
    (h) Quorum.--A majority of the voting members of the Council 
holding office shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting 
business, but a lesser number may receive information on behalf of the 
Council.
    (i) Voluntary Services.--Notwithstanding section 1342 of title 31, 
United States Code, the chairperson of the Council may accept for the 
Council voluntary services provided by a member of the Council.

SEC. 6. DIRECTOR AND STAFF OF THE MUSEUM.

    (a) Director.--
            (1) In general.--The Museum shall have a Director who shall 
        be appointed by the Secretary, taking into consideration 
        individuals recommended by the Council.
            (2) Duties.--The Director shall manage the Museum subject 
        to the policies of the Board of Regents.
    (b) Staff.--The Secretary may appoint 2 additional employees to 
serve under the Director, except that such additional employees may be 
appointed without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States 
Code, governing appointments in the competitive service.
    (c) Pay.--The employees appointed by the Secretary under subsection 
(b) may be paid without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and 
subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, relating 
to classification of positions and General Schedule pay rates.

SEC. 7. OFFICE OF EDUCATION AND LIAISON PROGRAMS.

    (a) In General.--
            (1) Establishment.--There is established within the Museum 
        the Office of Education and Liaison Programs.
            (2) Functions.--The Office of Education and Liaison 
        Programs shall--
                    (A) carry out educational programs relating to 
                African American life, art, history, and culture, 
                including--
                            (i) programs using digital, electronic, and 
                        interactive technologies; and
                            (ii) programs carried out in collaboration 
                        with elementary schools, secondary schools, and 
                        postsecondary schools; and
                    (B) consult with the Director of the Institute of 
                Museum and Library Services concerning the grant and 
                scholarship programs carried out under subsection (b).
    (b) Grant and Scholarship Programs.--
            (1) In general.--In consultation with the Council and the 
        Office of Education and Liaison Programs, the Director of the 
        Institute of Museum and Library Services shall establish--
                    (A) a grant program with the purpose of improving 
                operations, care of collections, and development of 
                professional management at African American museums;
                    (B) a grant program with the purpose of providing 
                internship and fellowship opportunities at African 
                American museums;
                    (C) a scholarship program with the purpose of 
                assisting individuals who are pursuing careers or 
                carrying out studies in the arts, humanities, and 
                sciences in the study of African American life, art, 
                history, and culture;

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