Duke Energy just made a huge contribution to the Woodson African American Museum. In honor of Black History month, Duke Energy Florida announced a $325,000 contribution to the Woodson African American Museum of Florida – a charitable organization that is devoted to preserving African American history and promoting diversity, equal rights and social justice. A major expansion is currently in the works for the museum, and this contribution will help bring the project to fruition.
“Over the years, Duke Energy Florida has developed valued relationships with organizations that have the greatest impact on the communities we serve,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president. “The Woodson is one of those organizations, and we are proud to support them as they expand their reach and bring even more people together to learn about and celebrate the richness of African American history and culture.”
The planned 30,000 square-foot facility will allow the museum to flourish and grow far beyond what it has already accomplished in its current location. Those interested in helping this project come to life can learn more here.
Building a new museum in the Deuces
Named after Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who is considered the father of Black History Month, the Woodson African American Museum of Florida plans to build a new museum in a historic neighborhood in St. Petersburg called the Deuces.
The donation from Duke Energy Florida will assist the organization as it continues to engage the community through various events and campaigns geared toward supporting the new facility.
“Duke Energy has been a valued partner in our mission to preserve African American history and culture for present and future generations,” said Terri Lipsey Scott, the Woodson executive director. “The Woodson is more than just a museum for many people in the community and Duke Energy’s support will allow us to continue to fulfill that mission and further our efforts and discussions on history, culture, race, equity and empowerment in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.”
Contributing to the future growth of the Woodson African American Museum
Since 2005, Duke Energy and its Foundation have awarded more than $500,000 to the Woodson African American Museum of Florida, investing in programs, events and projects to engage a broad and diverse audience and reduce disparate outcomes in the St. Petersburg community.
Named in honor of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of African American history, the Woodson brings together individuals from all walks of life and serves as a bridge and gateway for courageous, constructive, and meaningful discussions regarding history, culture, race, equity, and empowerment. The museum inspires and enlightens people who seek to learn more about the untold or rarely celebrated stories and contributions of African Americans.