Prince Rogers Nelson
June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016
In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, Kevin Strait, historian and museum specialist at the National Museum of African American History and Culture spoke about how the museum will share Prince’s legacy.
“Prince’s sound," he says, “was unique enough to draw in multiple audiences,” making his career one that was both deeply rooted in African American musical history and entirely its own. He notes that one of the museum’s inaugural exhibition, "Musical Crossroads,” will contain a tambourine played by the artist, as well as rare concert footage and photographs. Prince’s legacy is one of many iconic objects, Strait notes. “There are so many iconic objects like his boots and the Purple Rain motorcycle that would speak to millions of people.”