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May 21, 2004

Norfolk Southern Foundation commits $250,000 grant to support African-American programs at CW

The Norfolk Southern Foundation has made a five-year, $250,000 commitment to support Colonial Williamsburg’s African-American programming. The grant, as part of the Campaign for Colonial Williamsburg, is the latest in continuing support by Norfolk Southern since 1983 totaling more than $400,000.

The funds will be used to support current programs and new program development that portray the contributions, sacrifices, survival strategies, and personal stories of African-Americans living in 18th-century Virginia. For the past 25 years, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has developed and presented programming that demonstrates the impact of African-Virginians and the fundamental dichotomy and tension that existed in a democratic republic that openly permitted slavery. As a result of Colonial Williamsburg’s national leadership in the interpretation of African-American history, the institution continues to serve as a model for other museums and historic sites around the country.

“Through this grant and the ongoing, generous support from the Norfolk Southern Foundation, Colonial Williamsburg has been able to help Americans of all backgrounds understand and appreciate better the history of their nation,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and chairman of Colonial Williamsburg. “This grant will significantly enhance the support and expansion of our African-American programming and, at the same time, enhance the continuing relevance of our Historic Area programming and educational outreach initiatives.”

“Norfolk Southern proudly supports Colonial Williamsburg in its commitment to historical and programmatic inclusiveness and authenticity,” said Kathryn B. McQuade, vice president and executive officer of the Norfolk Southern Foundation. “Education always has been a major focus of our funding programs, and we believe that helping Colonial Williamsburg enhance its African-American programming will provide exciting new educational opportunities.”

Norfolk Southern support for Colonial Williamsburg began with a grant for the Visitor Center renovation in 1983 and continued with support for the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum expansion in 1992 and a grant to support “Brothers-in-Arms: The African-American Military Experience” program in 2003.

The Norfolk Southern Foundation was established in 1984 to direct and administer Norfolk Southern Corporation’s charitable giving programs. Through strategic investment in educational, cultural, environmental and economic development opportunities within the region served by Norfolk Southern’s railroad system, the Norfolk Southern Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life for Norfolk Southern employees and enhance the “livability” of the communities it serves.

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