U.S. Ambassador Ervin Massinga (R) and State Minister of Tourism Sileshi Girma launched the 120th Anniversary of US-Ethiopia relations photo exhibition at the National Museum on May 8, 2024

Photo Exhibition Offers Visual Journey through Ethio-US Relations

A photo exhibition offering a visual journey of the bilateral relation between Ethiopia and United States opened in Addis Ababa.

The exhibition – curated by the US embassy in Ethiopia – marks the 120-year anniversary of the two countries diplomatic relations.

U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Ervin Massinga and State Minister of Tourism Sileshi Girma officially opened the exhibition at the National Museum on Wednesday.

Entitled “A Visual Journey of Bilateral Relations,” the exhibition features 28 selected images that chronicles the story of the two countries connection from the start.

The collection involves a series of black and white photos taken in 1903, depicting the arrival of the first US delegation to Ethiopia led by US envoy Robert P. Skinner.

It was in the same year that Emperor Menelik II and Skinner signed a Treaty of Commerce, establishing diplomatic relations between the US and Ethiopia.

“We are thrilled to unveil this exhibition as a celebration of the enduring friendship between the United States and Ethiopia,” stated Ambassador Massinga.

“Through these powerful images we aim to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the shared values and aspirations that bind our nations,” he added.

At the National Museum, the exhibition will remain open to the public until May 26.

Next, the photos will be showcased at the Addis Ababa University’s Institute of Ethiopian Studies from May 29th to June 8th, followed by a display at the Hyatt Regency from June 17th to July 7th.

Each venue will offer a curated collection of photographs that capture the essence of the bilateral ties across various sectors, including health, education, agriculture, and economic development, per the US embassy

“The exhibition serves not only as a platform for cultural exchange but also underscores the commitment of both nations to strengthen their partnership for the benefit of their people and the world,” It says.

In addition to the physical exhibits, the entire collection will be made available online via the US embassy website to provide a virtual experience for a global audience.