Walmart is contributing $5 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C.
According to a company release, the donation is part of its push to “advance causes that promote diversity and inclusion.” The $5 million is earmarked for the museum’s visitor services programs, corporate leadership council, as well as collections, acquisitions, research and scholarship. The donation also will cover education, public programs, exhibitions and emerging technologies.
This marks the second donation the Bentonville-headquartered company has made to the museum. In 2010, Walmart donated another $5 million to support the facility’s design and construction.
“The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a vital institution, deepening everyone’s understanding of our nation’s history through the lens of the African American experience. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have a long history of supporting diversity and inclusion, and we are pleased to support the museum as they continue to build out programs to advance their mission,” Walmart vice president of philanthropy Julie Gehrki said in a statement.
Opened in 2016, NMAAHC has reportedly welcomed seven million visitors through its doors. The museum is the 19thin the Smithsonian Institution system and has more than 3,00 artifacts on display, which are devoted to the documentation of African American life, history and culture.