Oprah Winfrey to Donate $12 Million Towards New African-American Museum
No one can ever say Oprah Winfrey doesn't give back. According to the AP, Winfrey is giving $12 million towards a museum being constructed on Washington’s National Mall, which will center on African-American history.
Winfrey previously donated $1 million to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Due to the Mighty O’s donation, the museum’s 350-seat theatre will be named after her. She also happens to be a member of its advisory council. In a released statement, Winfrey said:
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.
In 2012, ground broke on the $500 million museum. Part of its construction is funded by the government. So far, $140 million has been donated by private funds.
The museum is in negotiations with Winfrey to obtain memorabilia from her career to add to a collection which already boasts over 22,000 objects. Some of the museum’s items include, a Jim Crow-era segregated railroad car, a lace shawl owned by Harriet Tubman, slave rebellion leader Nat Turner’s bible and the glass-topped casket that held the body of 14-year-old Emmitt Till, who was slain in 1955 in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman.
The project is slated to be finished in 2015. It will be the 19th Smithsonian museum.
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