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Ford to donate $1 million to African American museum

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The Ford Motor Company announced its' decision to donate $1 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Monday.

The donation will go towards the museum's capital campaign and other key programs highlighting African American history, culture and community.

"Since Henry Ford's groundbreaking $5 a day wage in 1913, which paid people equally regardless or race, Ford has invested in programs that empower and celebrate the African American community," said Ford Company Fund and Community Services President Jim Vella. "Ford is proud to work with the Smithsonian on this museum that will recognize the tremendous contribution of African Americans to our country and our world."

The Smithsonian Institute and The Ford Motor Company announced the donation at the ESSENCE festival in New Orleans.

“We are so pleased that the Ford Motor Company Fund has chosen to join hundreds of donors from across the country to build a groundswell of support for the National Museum of African American History and Culture; we recognize this as a vote of confidence,” said museum founder Lonnie G. Bunch III. “It is a genuine honor to have the company join us in our commitment to bring to the nation’s capital a truly innovative cultural resource – one capable of telling a richer and fuller story of the development of this country.”

The museum will open on the National Mall in Washington, D.C in 2016.


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