Oprah Winfrey donates $12 million to Smithsonian’s African American History museum
Oprah Winfrey is doing her part to make sure that the Smithsonian has everything it needs to tell the African-American story.
The Washington Post reports that Oprah has just donated $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. That’s on top of the $1 million she gave to the project back in 2007, making this the biggest donation that the museum has received.
“I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole,” Oprah said in a statement. “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.”
For that sizable contribution, the museum will name a 350-seat theater after her. Visitors will be able to see it when the museum opens in 2015.