Pride on display in Washington DC
In 2016, we became a founding donor of the NAAMHC. A museum that helps us understand the past and inspires us to work toward a better future.
Washington DC’s National African American Museum of History and Culture (NAAMHC) was created by an act of Congress as the only national museum devoted to telling the story of America through the lens of African American life, art, history, and culture. Located on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument and a few blocks from our Washington DC office, the museum is a tiered bronze filigree beacon helping us to understand the past, and inspiring us to work toward a better future.
There are four laudable pillars upon which the NAAMHC stands. As a global company with more than 300 years of history, one in particular resonates with us: It [NAAMHC] helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences.
We are incredibly proud to be a Founding Donor of this magnificent, and long-awaited, monument which opened to the public in 2016.
We’re also excited to be a part of the history featured in the Museum as one of our early GSK founders was a leader in the abolitionist movement: William Allen. Allen was a clerk who rose to become an owner of Allen & Hanburys’ pharmacy—one of GSK’s legacy companies. A devout Quaker and dedicated philanthropist, Allen became a passionate campaigner to end slavery. We recently found a book of his personal correspondence with other abolitionists around the world in our UK Heritage Archive.
A significant number of his letters from 1811 to 1815 are from notable African American leaders of the colonization and abolitionist movement. In 2016, our Heritage Center secured the donation of the letterbook to the museum on behalf of GSK.
Our support for this museum underscores our belief that inclusion and diversity are fundamental values, and critical to fulfilling our purpose.