Bishop G.E. Patterson’s Items Selected for Display in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Museum Set to Open Sept. 24

Personal items of the late Bishop G.E. Patterson will be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) when the museum opens to the public on September 24 at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

The items were donated to the museum by the Bishop’s widow, Louise Patterson, and will be part of the Cultural Experience Exhibit located on the fourth floor.

“I am speechless that the Bishop’s life accomplishments are recognized in this way,” said Louise Patterson. “It is truly an honor to have his work for the Lord enshrined in a Smithsonian museum for generations to see.”

The grand opening of the NMAAHC will be a weekend-long event beginning on September 23 with a music festival, Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration, on the Washington Monument grounds. Saturday will include the museum’s dedication ceremony with extended hours for the crowds. Multiple outdoor viewing areas with large screens will be available to help accommodate the large crowds view the ceremony. Visit for more information on the grand opening.

A leader in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) denomination, Bishop Patterson was the founder of Bountiful Blessings Ministries and served as presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of COGIC from 2000 until his death in 2007.

The NMAAHC is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history and culture and houses more than 37,000 artifacts. It will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution when it opens in September.

 About Bountiful Blessings Inc.

Bountiful Blessings Inc., founded by Bishop G.E. Patterson in 1967, has been a beacon of hope and light for many in our global community for more than 35 years. The organization strives to provide individuals and families from all walks of life with resources and Godly principals to live healthy and abundant lives. Since Patterson’s passing, his wife, evangelist Louise Patterson, has continued his work with the same emphasis. For more information about Bountiful Blessings, please call 1-800-544-3571 or visit