As many families descend on Washington, D.C. this summer for lessons in our nation’s history and unique culture, at least one museum will be under heavy construction, the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Ford Motor Company’s $1 million donation is playing a large role in making the construction of that museum possible.
When the 400,000-square-foot building is completed in 2016, it will be the only national museum dedicated to exploring American history, art, culture, and life from the eyes of African Americans.
“Since Henry Ford’s groundbreaking $5 a day wage in 1913, which paid people equally regardless of race, Ford has invested in programs that empower and celebrate the African American community,” said Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Ford is proud to work with the Smithsonian on this museum that will recognize the tremendous contributions of African Americans to our country and our world.”
In addition to funding the museum’s capital campaign, Ford’s donation will also be used to support the launch of key programs once the museum opens.
Until it is completed, you can view some of its exhibitions on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford are excited to experience the finished product in the next few years.