Ford Motor Co. is donating $1 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open in 2016 on the National Mall in Washington DC.
Announced during ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Pamela Alexander, Director Community Development Ford Motor Company Fund Adrienne Brooks, Director of Development — National Museum of African American History and Minda Logan, Development Officer – National Museum of African American History sat down with Heart & Soul SiriusXM radio to announce the million-dollar donation to the world.
Congress established the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2003 as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian. The 400,000-square-foot building is under construction at a 5-acre site next to the Washington Monument and is expected to cost about $500 million. The donation from Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm, will support the museum’s capital campaign. It will also go toward funding key programs when the museum – the only national site devoted exclusively to documenting African American life, art, history and culture – opens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2016.