The exhibit will feature photos and videos illuminating the mogul and activist’s long career, as well as original artifacts from Harpo Studios in Chicago, home of the Oprah Winfrey Show.
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Visitors will experience content divided into three parts: “America Shape Oprah,” a biographical section leading to Winfrey’s rise; “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which dives into the 25-year history of the hit show and “Oprah Shapes America,” a section that examines Winfrey’s role as host and executive producer amid America’s changing race and culture issues.
"What's interesting is the same way America thought about Walter Cronkite — you could trust Walter Cronkite and his opinion — they trust Oprah," museum director Lonnie G. Bunch III told the Washington Post. "An African American woman becomes the person America turns to."
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Winfrey is the largest individual benefactor of the museum and has donated $21 million to the $540 million museum, the Post reported. But according to Bunch, her contributions did not influence the exhibition.
More about the exhibit at nmaahc.si.edu.