The Soul Train has pulled into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture for an exhibit featuring a collection from the “hippest trip in America.” “From a scholarly point of view, this is one of those television shows that beamed African American culture to the households of black and white America. It became one of the early crossover shows. It dominated the black TV viewership of black teenagers. And then it impacted white households,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, the founding director of the museum.
After thirty-five years of programming Soul Train has a vast amount of artifacts, the media company donated several artifacts including a 10-foot-long neon “Train” sign and neon signs from the program’s music award show.
Photo (L-R) Paxton Baker, Tony Cornelius and Kenard Gibbs
Photo Credit:Earl Gibson III