$6 Million Gift From Cox to Support Newseum First Amendment Gallery

By: E&P Staff

The Newseum has announced that Cox Enterprises and the James M. Cox Foundation will give $6 million over the next two years to support an exhibit gallery devoted to celebrating the First Amendment at the museum, which will open in Washington D.C., in October.

The planned gallery, is to include films, artifacts nad displays that will depict the history and relevance of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly and petition).

“Everything we hold dear as a democratic society — including the basic concepts of personal freedom and open government — is protected by the First Amendment,” said Jimmy W. Hayes, Cox Enterprises president and chief operating officer in a written statement. “On behalf of the more than 80,000 employees of Cox Enterprises, we’re honored to be able to make this gift. It’s our way of celebrating the First Amendment. It’s also our way of helping to keep a free press free.”

Cox Enterprises joins The New York Times — Ochs-Sulzberger family; News Corporation; the Greenspun family of Las Vegas; NBC Universal; Time Warner; Hearst Corporation; ABC News/Walt Disney Company; and the Pulliam family as founding partners of the museum. Together, these partners have contributed $59 million to the $435 million project.

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