August 01, 2017 – Visa is proud to be a major funding contributor to the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which tells the American story through the African American lens.
Opening on September 24 and located on the National Mall, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is expected to welcome three to four million visitors each year—free of charge.
The museum’s nearly 37,000 artifacts date as far back as the late 17th century to today, and all focus on bringing the African American narrative of U.S. history to life.
The museum’s grand opening will be a culmination of many years of effort. The museum was created more than a decade ago by federal legislation signed by President George W. Bush, and the founding director Lonnie G. Bunch was appointed in 2005. Ground-breaking took place in February 2012, and four years later the museum is finally ready to open its doors.
“Visa is honored to play a role in this historic moment. It is reflective of the company’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive community where individual differences, experiences and capabilities of each are not just valued but celebrated,” said Jolen Anderson, Visa’s Chief Diversity Officer.
The opportunity to offer financial support of the opening of the only national museum devoted exclusively to documenting African American history and culture is one that won’t come again. The grand opening theme is “Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration;” events begin September 23.