Church Donates $2 Million for New African American Museum

Contributed By Trent Toone, Church News staff writer

  • 1 March 2019

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gives a fist-bump to Gene Stephenson, president of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, during the announcement at RootsTech that the Church is donating $2 million to the International African American Museum February 27, 2019.

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  • The Church is donating $2 million to the forthcoming International African American Museum Center for Family History.

With thousands packed into the Salt Palace Convention Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints kicked off the ninth annual RootsTech family history and technology conference by announcing a $2 million donation to the forthcoming International African American Museum Center for Family History.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presented the Church’s donation to Michael Boulware Moore, president and CEO of the museum. Martin Luther King III, son of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was on hand for the announcement.

“We want to support the museum and the Center for Family History because we both value the strength that comes from learning about our families,” Elder Bednar said in a prepared statement. “The museum will not only educate its patrons on the important contributions of Africans who came through Gadsden’s Wharf and Charleston, it also will help all who visit to discover and connect with ancestors whose stories previously may not have been known.”

Joseph P. Riley, a lifetime board member of the museum, thanked the Church for helping the Center for Family History to become one of the museum’s “crown jewels.”

“Because of this generous donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the center will catapult into a level of excellence that simply would not be achievable,” said Riley in a news release.

RootsTech 2019 opened in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 27, 2019. During the evening session, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presented a $2 million donation in behalf of the Church to the International African American Museum.

RootsTech 2019 opened in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 27, 2019. During the evening session, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presented a $2 million donation in behalf of the Church to the International African American Museum.

Michael Boulware Moore, CEO of the International African American Museum, shows his excitement at the Church’s $2 million donation to the organization during the evening session of RootsTech 2019, February 27, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah.