Reports have surfaced that highly acclaimed media and business mogul Oprah Winfrey is reportedly donating US $12 million to a museum that is being built on Washington’s National Mall that will document African-American history.
The former talk show host had previously made a donation of US $1 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum says her $13 million total contribution is its largest to date.
As a result of the donation the museum’s 350 seat theatre will be named after Winfrey, who is also a member of its advisory council.
In a statement to the media Winfrey said, “I am so proud of African-American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole.”
She continues, “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.”
The construction of the $500 million museum, which will be the Smithsonian’s 19th began construction last year and is scheduled to open near the Washington Monument in 2015.