Feb 16, 2022

Red Sox Foundation donates $250,000 to National Museum of African American History and Culture


BOSTON, MA – In recognition of Black History Month, the Red Sox Foundation today announced a $250,000 donation to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. to support the museum’s Sports and Race Initiative and the year-round advancement of Black history and culture. The museum created the Sports and Race Initiative (SRI) to recognize that sports provide a unique entry point into the African American experience.

“Black History Month is an opportunity to learn about our past to ensure a better future,” said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director and Red Sox EVP for Social Impact Bekah Salwasser. “Elevating and supporting an institution charged with honoring Black history and culture is a perfect way to achieve that goal. We are proud to assist with the NMAAHC’s efforts to highlight the contributions of African American athletes to ensure their stories are known and celebrated. We hope this donation helps with their continued efforts to deliver thoughtful exhibits and programs to visitors from across the country and globe.”

The NMAAHC is the largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 40,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

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