Microsoft donates $1M to Museum of African American History

WASHINGTON — Microsoft Corp. has donated $1 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens this fall after five years of construction.

“The stories, art and culture of African Americans are vibrant and important narratives in our nation’s history,” said Fred Humphries, corporate vice president of U.S. government affairs for Microsoft. “Microsoft is proud to support the museum and bring these perspectives to life in a powerful and enriching experience.”

Other recent donations include $1 million from the Alfred Street Baptist Church, a $10 million gift from David Rubenstein, $1 million from MGM Resorts International and $1 million from Altria Group.

The Museum of African American and History and Culture will be the Smithsonian’s 19th museum.

It will open to the public Sept. 24 with 11 inaugural exhibitions covering major periods of African American history, including the slave trade, segregation, the civil rights movement, the Harlem Renaissance and the election of the nation’s first African American president.

President George W. Bush signed the legislation establishing the museum in 2003. Construction began in 2011.

Here is the list of donors:

American Express
The Boeing Company
Kaiser Permanente
UnitedHealth Group

Smithsonian Channel

Bank of America
Medtronic Foundation
News Corporation
Time Warner Foundation
United Technologies Corporation


The Coca-Cola Foundation


Aetna Foundation, Inc.
Aflac, Incorporated
Altria Group
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Brown Capital Management
Dignity Health
FedEx Corporation
Ford Motor Company Fund
General Mills Foundation
General Motors Foundation
Goldman Sachs
The Hartford
Johnson Publishing Company
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
McDonald’s Corporation
MetLife Foundation
MGM Resorts International
Morgan Stanley
National Basketball Association
New York Life
The PepsiCo Foundation
The Prudential Foundation
Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Wells Fargo
Xerox Foundation

Jeff Clabaugh

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