Michael Jackson has his place in music history and museums
March 7, 2019
Despite “Leaving Neverland”, Music Museums are ready to fight back the non-sense of muting Michael Jackson!
The National Museum of African American Music says some Michael Jackson artifacts will be on display in a planned exhibit called “One Nation Under A Groove,” when the museum opens in downtown Nashville in early 2020. The museum has previously released renderings of the building’s design, featuring an image of Jackson on the exterior.
Meanwhile, in Detroit, the chairwoman and CEO of Motown Museum said its mission is to share the stories and artifacts of the history of Motown.
“Michael Jackson’s musical contributions remain part of the Motown story,” Robin Terry said.
Motown Records was the first major label to record The Jackson 5, in which Michael debuted as a young star alongside his siblings, and released their hits “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”
“The importance of Michael Jackson’s music to the African American culture, and to the American soundtrack, is unrivalled,” said H. Beecher Hicks III, president and CEO of the National Museum of African American Music in a statement provided to The Associated Press.
“As a part of our One Nation Under a Groove gallery, Jackson will be defined by his music, his importance to pop culture, music videos and his impact on changing the course of popular music in our country. NMAAM has collected some artifacts which will be on display in this gallery, each of which will help highlight these aspects of his contributions to African American music. We understand that, like music itself, legacies are constantly evolving, and that we must be able to evolve and shift as needed.”
A publicist for NMAAM said the design of the structure is still preliminary, and they have planned on having a rotating display of artist images on the building’s exterior signs.