Oprah Donates $12 Million to Help Build African-American Smithsonian Museum

Oprah Donates $12 Million to Help Build African-American Smithsonian Museum

Smithsonian Af-American rendering-SmithGroupOprah Winfrey is donating $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture —  the museum’s largest donation to date. In recognition, Winfrey’s name will be on a 350-seat theater in the museum, which is currently under construction and set to open in 2015.

“I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole,” said Winfrey, who has been a member of the museum’s advisory council since 2004. “I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps.”

“By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honor and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come.”

(READ the story from the Washington Post)

READ more about the museum’s collection here.

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