Arkansas Online:

By:  Frank E. Lockwood

As a member of the Smithsonian board of regents, U.S. Sen. John Boozman has been following with extra interest the progress of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

So when officials announced plans for Saturday's official dedication, the Republican from Rogers stuck around so he could be on hand.

He also invited one of his constituents, state Rep. George McGill, D-Fort Smith, to go to Washington for the ceremony.

As a member of the U.S. House, Boozman supported the legislation in 2003 that called for the museum to be established, and he has watched it slowly rise near the Washington Monument.

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