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Cultural Conversation on the Mall

The National Mall is our country's symbolic center, where we celebrate our national civic rites—the inauguration of a president, our independence day, our bicentennial. The Mall is our national showcase where we enshrine, in our national museums, our understandings of history, culture, science, and the arts. And it is our national town square where generations of Americans have gathered to speak to each other, to represent themselves and their concerns to their fellow citizens.

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