Oprah Winfrey makes huge donation to Smithsonian’s African American museum

Smithsonian's African American Museum

Philanthropist and media mogul Oprah Winfrey is donating $12 million to the new Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, officials announced Tuesday. Combined with the $1 million she gave in 2007, her total contribution is the biggest private contribution so far.

The museum which is being constructed on the National Mall in Washington D.C..'s  is due to be completed in 2015. It will house a 35-seat theater named after Winfrey, who is also a member of the museum's advisory council.

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