The Smithsonian's has announced a $10 million gift from David M. Rubenstein ahead of its opening in September 2016.
In addition to the gift, Rubenstein will loan the museum copies two rare documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln — the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the Thirteenth Amendment, which officially ended the institution of slavery (1865) — for its inaugural exhibitions. In recognition of his support, the centerpiece of the museum's exhibition space will be named the David M. Rubenstein History Galleries. With Rubenstein's gift, the museum has raised a total of $252 million.
A co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, Rubenstein serves on the Smithsonian board's executive committee and is co-chair of the institution's $1.5 billion national fundraising campaign. With his latest gift, Rubenstein's support for the Smithsonian now totals more than $44 million.
"This gift is another shining example of [David's] long-standing commitment to the Smithsonian as a donor, an advisor, and a fundraiser," said NMAAHC founding director Lonnie Bunch. "His respect for and knowledge of history, coupled with his contribution of $10 million, makes him an extraordinary partner in our commitment to explore African American history and culture in a way never attempted before — a way that makes it clear that African-American history is America's history."