Oprah Winfrey Donates $12 Million To Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and CultureIn DC

11:14 AM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Officials with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture say Oprah Winfrey gave its capital campaign $12 million. They say it's the largest donation to the museum to date.

In return, the museum will name a 350-seat theater for her. The Winfrey Theater is expected to open in late 2015, say officials.

In a statement, Winfrey said, "I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole.. 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."

Officials say one the museum is completed, it "will be the country's largest cultural facility dedicated to the story of African Americans and will provide an essential pathway to the American story." It is under construction on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument.

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