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Donations Roll In for Smithsonian’s African-American Museum

Donations for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture continue to roll in as officials prepare for a star-studded opening on Sept. 24.

The landmark museum has reportedly surpassed its goal of $270 million in private donations, with founding Director Lonnie Bunch saying he expects to raise about $300 million by the time the museum opens on the National Mall.

Museum officials said $273.6 million had been raised by May’s end from corporations, foundations and individuals — including Oprah Winfrey, whose $20 million-plus gift tops the list.

Bunch said although Congress has set aside $270 million for the museum, it still needs additional funds for the other half of the $540 million in construction costs, The Washington Post reported.

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The museum has raised $273.6 from private donors, but some of that total is specifically earmarked for programs and endowment.

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