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Oprah: $12M to Black History Museum

Renown for her wealth and power, Oprah Winfrey has met yet another great contribution to society with her recent $12 million donation to the yet-to-open Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture. (AP)

John Franklin is the Senior Manager of International Alliances at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture. (Photo Courtesy: NMAAHC)

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(AURN) -- (AURN) -- Oprah Winfrey has been know to give away everything from custom-made bras to brand new cars and remodeled homes, but this one might take the cake.  On top of a 2012 donation of $1 million, Ms. Winfrey has donated $12 million to the upcoming Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

Ground was first broken at the National Mall, the eventual site of the museum, in 2012 and Ms. Winfrey has served as an advisor to the museum's board ever since.  Putting her dollars where her mouth is, Oprah says African-American history has had such an impact on her own journey that she can't help but ensure the endeavor is a success.

In a statement Ms. 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."

I honor of her charity, the historical museum plans to adorn a 350-seat theater with the Oprah Winfrey seal of approval.  





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