U.S. President Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama REUTERS

President Barack Obama will join former first lady Laura Bush Wednesday celebrating the start of construction for the National Museum of African American History and Culture which will showcase the history of black life, art, and culture.

The 19th museum will be built between the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History as a seven-level structure with much of its exhibit space below the ground. The opening of the museum is scheduled for 2015.

A bronze-coated crown that will rise as an inverse pyramid is said to be the most distinctive feature of the museum.

The design is said to be inspired by African-American metalwork from New Orleans and Charleston, S.C., and also from the African roots, the Associated Press reported.