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July 5, 2002

Norfolk Southern Foundation gives $18,000 grant for African-American programs at CW

The Norfolk Southern Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Norfolk Southern Corp., has made a grant of $18,086 to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to enhance African-American programs. The funds will be applied to the development of a new integrated program that will weave the 18th-century African-American military experience into Colonial Williamsburg’s overall programming.

“With such generous support from the Norfolk Southern Foundation, we now will be able to refocus our existing ‘Brothers in Arms’ re-enactment to incorporate the African-American military presence into year-round Historic Area events,” said Rex Ellis, vice president of the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area. “We are all very grateful for this opportunity to better demonstrate the impact of African Americans during the War of Independence.”

“We at Norfolk Southern proudly support Colonial Williamsburg in its commitment to historical and programmatic inclusiveness and authenticity,” said Deborah H. Wyld, executive director of the Norfolk Southern Foundation. “Education always has been a major focus of our funding programs, and we believe that helping the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation enhance its African-American programming offers considerable new educational opportunities to its numerous annual visitors.”

Norfolk Southern has made grants to Colonial Williamsburg totaling $175,765. Previous grants have included support for the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum expansion in 1992 and the Visitor Center renovation in the early 1980s.

The Norfolk Southern Foundation was established in 1984 to direct and implement Norfolk Southern Corp.’s charitable giving programs. Through strategic investment in educational, cultural, environmental and economic development opportunities within the region served by Norfolk Southern railroads, the Norfolk Southern Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life for Norfolk Southern employees and enhance the “livability” of the communities it serves.

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