Kobe Bryant
This photo of Kobe Bryant in New York City in 2002 is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. (Photograph by Walter Iooss Jr.)

The foundation created by late NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa helped fund at least $1 million toward creation of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

After his death Sunday, museum visitors shared their grief over the loss of the basketball icon. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Some Bryant memorabilia is on display at the museum, including a uniform he donated and a 2002 photo of himself.

“Go see this museum. There is no greater testament to this country than the stories in this building. Honored to be part of it,” Bryant said after the museum opened in 2016.

The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation is listed on the museum’s website as one of its founding donors.

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