As part of a long commitment to the health of the African American community, the Aetna Foundation has donated $1 million to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum’s grand opening ceremony is scheduled for this weekend in Washington, D.C.
Aetna Foundation is one of more than 80 corporations, foundations and individuals to contribute $1 million or more to building of the museum, the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. For Aetna, playing a role in the founding of the museum is a natural outgrowth of continuing support for the African American community.
“We are greatly honored and proud to be a part of the genesis of this new national treasure,” says Floyd Green, vice president, Aetna Community Relations and Urban Marketing. “For many years we have focused on improving the health of African Americans in the communities we serve. We’ve worked hard to understand the unique health care issues they face and design programs to address their needs. It’s an important part of building healthier communities and a healthier world. We felt it was vital that we extend that support to the creation of this important new museum.”
This contribution is the second major monument to which the Aetna Foundation has contributed, commemorating the contributions of African American leaders. When the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., was unveiled in 2011, Aetna Foundation was a significant supporter with a donation of $1.275 million. Aetna directed a portion of its gift be used to plant 180 new cherry trees at the memorial site as a living reflection of the short, but influential, life of King.