Mormon church donates $2M to African American Museum

Exterior of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, July 20, 2016. Photo by Fuzheado, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is donating $2 million to the International African American Museum for the creation of a family history center.

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The Ward Brothers – decoy carvers extraordinaire

Pair of Ward Brothers Bishops Head wigeon decoys, one male and one female, sold by Copley Fine Art Auctions, Boston, Feb. 15-16, at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, S.C. (est. $125,000-$175,000). Sold for $228,000.

NEW YORK – So often greatness is born of humble beginnings, and such was certainly true of the Ward Brothers, Lemuel (1897-1984) and Steven (1895-1976), wooden decoy carvers who, over a period of decades, almost singlehandedly transformed what had been a utilitarian exercise – making handmade hunting decoys for hunters – into an art form. Their folk art masterpieces today have a place in many collections and museums. There’s even a museum named after the siblings.

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