Oprah Winfrey Donates $12 Million to African American History and Culture Museum

Oprah Winfrey Donates $12 Million to African American History and Culture MuseumPhoto via Oprah.com

In early 2012, President Obama broke ground on the Smithsonian's 19th museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The $500 million dollar museum is set to open in D.C. sometime in 2015 and will now feature a 350-seat theater named in honor of Oprah Winfrey for her generous contributions.

After previously giving $1 million dollars to support the museum, Winfrey dug into her deep, kind pockets once again and donated another $12 million, their largest donation to date. In addition to the Winfrey theater, the building will house many artifacts from African American history, including a trumpet that belonged to Louis Armstrong, the dress that Rosa Parks was sewing when she refused to give up her seat, Emmett Till's casket, a slave cabin and West-African slave shackles.

[via LivingCivil]

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