NASA

Astronaut Jeanette Epps will make history as the first African-American astronaut to fly on board the International Space Station as a flight engineer during an expedition in May 2018.

A museum will also go alongside the memorial to trace the country's history from slavery to present day. The structure is slated to open in April 2017.

In the new film "Hidden Figures" Taraji P. Henson will play NASA scientist and expert mathematician Katherine Johnson.