Wells Fargo Donates $1 Million To The African American History Museum

Wells Fargo Donates $1 Million To The African American History Museum


By Robert Stitt

Wells Fargo helped found the Nat’l Museum of African American History and Culture which will open in September 2016 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The company is striving to inspire diversity in keeping with an 1888 pledge, which says, “Proper respect must be shown to all — let them be men, women, or children, rich or poor, white or black.” Joining with them in opening this amazing tribute to African American heritage is Oprah Winfrey and the United States Congress which came up with half of the money making this a truly joint public-private venture.

Wells Fargo’s Lisa Frison, Vice President African American Segment, noted, “African American history is American history….We embrace the arts as a vehicle to highlight history and culture, and feel deeply honored to support the Smithsonian in bringing the African American story to life in such a significant way.”

The museum is being constructed on five acres next to the Washington Monument. It will stand as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian. The building has been undergoing preparation and construction for the last 10 years. During that time, a collection has been being built along with the design of “11 inaugural exhibitions covering major periods of African American history from its origins in Africa and continuing through slavery, the civil rights era, the Harlem Renaissance, the great migrations north and west and into the 21st century,” according to the Network Journal. The museum will be home to more than 40,000 objects telling the African American story.

Recently added to the display is “a collection of two mining stock certificates and one piece of letterhead featuring the work of African American artist Grafton Tyler Brown.” It is said that the museum will be incredibly contradictory. On one hand it will be uplifting and inspiring with amazing architecture and beautiful displays, but on the other hand, it will remind us of the “wickedness of institutional terrorism.”

Source: National Museum of African American History and Culture