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Oprah Winfrey gives $1M to help build $110M Underground Railroad museum

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by Daily Commercial News last update:Aug 19, 2008

Oprah Winfrey has given $1 million (all figures U.S.) to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and is narrator of an educational film for the museum, its administrators said.

CINCINNATI

Oprah Winfrey has given $1 million (all figures U.S.) to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and is narrator of an educational film for the museum, its administrators said.

The $110-million museum, being built along the Ohio River, commemorates the secret Underground Railroad network that helped slaves escape from the South to the free North during the 1800s.

Winfrey, whose donation was announced last Thursday, will narrate a short film introducing Brothers of the Borderland, a film and interactive theatre program. A reconstructed slave holding pen also will be part of the museum.

Celebrity supporters of the museum, many of whom are expected to participate in the centre’s dedication ceremonies Aug. 23, include Vanessa Williams, Angela Bassett, Muhammad Ali, Quincy Jones, Bono and Danny Glover.

Two of the centre’s three pavilions will be named after the families of Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson and former Procter & Gamble Co. chief executive John Pepper, who each donated $3 million to the museum.

Pepper joined with former UN ambassador Andrew Young to serve as chairmen of a fundraising campaign for the museum.

The Associated Press

last update:Aug 19, 2008

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