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The United States National Slavery Museum Hosts Fundraising Gala at Warner Theatre

'We Are One People' Gala Will Feature Performances by Bill Cosby, Ben Vereen and Other Special Friends

FREDERICKSBURG, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/18/06 -- The United States National Slavery Museum (www.usnsm.org) will be hosting its first national fundraising event at the Warner Theatre in Washington on June 3, 2006. The star-studded evening will feature Bill Cosby, Ben Vereen, and other special friends in song, dance, comedy, and more -- all in the effort to establish the only museum to focus exclusively on telling a more complete story of slavery in America.

The 'We Are One People' Fundraising Gala will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. There will also be a private cocktail reception from 6-7 p.m., as well as a "Meet & Greet" event after the show at 10 p.m.

The Hon. L. Douglas Wilder, former Virginia Governor, current Mayor of the City of Richmond, Virginia, and founder of USNSM will provide opening and closing remarks. In addition, Andrea Roane, Anchor of WUSA-9 News, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

"We are very excited about putting on a first-class fundraising gala that will feature an outstanding performance by both Bill Cosby and Ben Vereen," said L. Douglas Wilder, founder of the USNSM and chairman of its board of directors. "Both Bill Cosby and Ben Vereen are legends in the entertainment industry and major supporters in advancing the U.S. National Slavery Museum. We are honored to have their support."

"I am honored to be involved in raising the awareness of this unique project and the pivotal role of slavery in the history of this great nation," said Ben Vereen.

The evening will also include a number of dynamic presentations of the unique design of the museum by C.C. Pei of Pei Partnership Architects, as well as Lyn Henley from the Henley Company, who is designing the actual exhibits with a wonderful team of fabricators from Lexington, Inc. The museum will offer the most cutting-edge high-tech audiovisuals, including a 450-seat theater as well as three other dynamic theaters, taking visitors on a journey through time.

"The U.S. National Slavery Museum is offering a thorough picture of slavery in our country and should become a light for all to see," said Cosby. "The magnitude of the museum we are building together in Fredericksburg, Va., takes into account the full body of the word 'museum' -- it will tell the true story of slavery in the U.S. and the building of our country."

About the United States National Slavery Museum

Located in Fredericksburg, Virginia on 38 acres along the Rappahannock River, the USNSM will be the first and only museum in the U.S. aimed at exclusively telling the story of slavery in America. The museum will offer 100,000 +/- square feet of permanent and temporary exhibit space, including a full-scale replica of a slave ship. Its exhibits will be driven by the most cutting-edge high-tech audiovisuals, including a 450-seat theater as well as three other dynamic theaters, taking visitors on a journey through time.

The museum's chairman of the Board of Directors is the Hon. L. Douglas Wilder, who came up with the concept at an African/African American conference in Gabon. Other founding board members include Dr. William Cosby, Dr. Jacob Gelt Dekker, Professor Emeritus John Hope Franklin, Dr. William R. Harvey, the Late Mrs. Ruby G. Martin, Esq., Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie and Dr. H. Patrick Swygert.


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