Hip-Hop Museum In Bronx, NY Gets Millions In Funding
Spearheaded by City Council member Larry Seabrook, the museum will trace Hip-Hop from its origins in the 1970's and be used as a forum to educate future generations about Hip-Hop culture.
"We're not talking about gangster rap," Councilman Seabrook told The New York Sun. "We're talking about Hip-Hop."
The new museum is part of a community center and housing development project that is being built by the nonprofit Northeast Bronx Redevelopment Corporation.
The project is reportedly to consist of several floors of low-to moderate-income housing with a gymnasium, a small theater, a recording studio, and the museum.
The Bronx, the fourth most populous of New York City's five boroughs, has long been considered as the birthplace of Hip-Hop. The museum will be the first dedicated to the documentation of Hip-Hop culture.
In February 2006, the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History announced the launching of "Hip-Hop Won't Stop," the museum's first-ever on going and evolving exhibit on Hip-Hop culture.
The exhibit showcases a permanent collection of artifacts donated by various artists that including vinyl records, handwritten lyrics, boom boxes, clothing, microphones and other artifacts.