Monday, February 13, 2006
Philanthropy: Learning to Give - Newsweek National News - MSNBC.com-New black-history museums need cash.
Philanthropy: Learning to Give - Newsweek National News - MSNBC.com: "Feb. 20, 2006 issue - Former Virginia governor L. Douglas Wilder used to prod his father endlessly to share memories of his family's time in slavery. 'The little we did learn from him was that my grandfather lived on a different plantation and had to sneak off to visit the family on weekends,' says the 70-year-old, who was the country's first African-American governor. 'His owner would beat him when he got back but finally gave up when he realized my grandfather was going to see his family, beating or not.' The precious few tales of a painful past are what inspired Wilder to help found the United States National Slavery Museum, a $200 million project opening late next year in Fredricksburg, Va. 'I know if at my age I don't know all there is to know about slavery, surely the young people of today have no idea.'"