The Smithsonian Institution has begun public fundraising to build a museum dedicated to black history with a $5 million gift from Boeing Co.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is scheduled to open in 2015 on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. It will be the Smithsonian's 19th museum.
Museum Director Lonnie Bunch — formerly president of the Chicago Historical Society — is working to raise half the museum's $500 million cost, with the rest of the money coming from Congress.
The gift from Chicago-based Boeing is the museum's largest to date.
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