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Things you need to know for opening weekend at the NMAAHC

Things you need to know for opening weekend at the NMAAHC. (Anna-Lysa Gayle/ABC7)

The first day of the free three-day festival, celebrating the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, is over.

Now it’s time for the dedication ceremony, which starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are not needed for the outdoor dedication ceremony.

President Barack Obama, Former President George Bush, and Congressman John Lewis will be among the star-studded guests in attendance.

”Fifty years from now, I want to be able to say I was here,” said Reverend Malcolm Byrd.

Byrd traveled from New York for the chance to witness history, despite not having a ticket to enter the museum.

“Not having a ticket did not keep me away from being a part of the collective, when this great historic museum opens up,” said Byrd.

Others who do have tickets are anxious to see the artifacts that took years to collect; like the restored segregation-era railcar, a slave cabin brought from South Carolina, Emmett Till’s Casket, and pieces of a Portuguese Slave Ship. There will also be exhibits celebrating living legends.

Security will be tight on the National Mall on Saturday. The National Guard, Homeland Security, and Park Police will be among the law enforcement officials keeping everyone safe.

For more on the schedule for opening weekend, click here.

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