News & Opinion | June 10, 2018 5:00 am

Smithsonian Celebrates Oprah Winfrey With Historic Exhibit

National Museum of African American History and Culture's 'Watching Oprah' exhibit opened Friday.

Oprah Winfrey attends the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony
Oprah Winfrey attends the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in 2013.
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Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open an exhibit on the life and legacy of Oprah Winfrey on Friday, June 8.

According to Smithsonian, “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” takes the long view of Winfrey’s astounding life —starting in her birth place of Kosciusko, Mississippi and leading visitors through the more than 4,500 episodes of Oprah’s culture-shaping show.

The introductory part of the exhibit is titled America Shapes Oprah, 1950s-1980s, which traces her childhood from Mississippi to Milwaukee to Nashville, as well as the history unfolding across the country. The exhibit’s second act, The Oprah Winfrey Show, commemorates her beloved talk show, complete with a mural of the 4,561 episodes and keys from her famous car giveaway.

“What it does is allow me to actually have affirmed for me what an astounding life this is,” Oprah said of the exhibit.

Having started on Friday, the exhibit will be on display in the DC museum until June 30, 2019.