Television mogul Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Her gift is the museum’s largest donation to date, and to honor her generous donation, a 350-seat theater at the museum will be named after her as the “Oprah Winfrey Theater”
The museum, which will display more than 22,000 objects of significance to Black history, began construction in early 2012 on a five-acre site right next to the Washington Monument. Half of the $500 million project is being funded by the federal government, and has so far received another $140 million in private funds. It is expected to open in the year 2015.
Winfrey commented, “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.”