The National Museum Of African American Historians & Culture is getting the “C” from museums around the country because of its exhibit of African Americans in 19th century New York.
The museum, located at 565 West 42nd Street in New York City, is not the only museum to receive an honorary C designation from the Smithsonian.
Last year, the museum was recognized with an honorary certificate from the United Nations for the work of African artists, such as Charles Mingus and Paul Robeson.
However, the National Gallery of Art, which includes the museum, received a lower “B” grade because of the exhibit of black African art in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In addition, the New York Public Library and the National Archives received “Cs” grades for the exhibit.
The National Library of Medicine received “Ds” in the exhibit, which focuses on how black doctors were viewed by white doctors in the late 19th-century.
The National Museum, which was founded in 1901, is the nation’s oldest black museum and is the second largest museum in the U.S. The organization is home to more than 500,000 artifacts, including the remains of enslaved Africans.
It was founded by the late Henry B. Lee in 1891 and was renamed the Smithsonian Institution in 1953.
In 2013, the Smithsonian received the “Most Influential Institution in the World” award for its African history collection.