Denzel and Pauletta Washington hosted a fundraiser at their home to help raise millions for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

According to Variety, the Washingtons invited a group of heavy hitters and raised more than $17 million for the museum, moving it closer to finally being fully funded.

“There is such a historical significance to this project. It means so much for our community, our country and to future generations,” Denzel told the publication.

In addition to the funds, TV queen Shonda Rhimes made a $10 million dollar pledge.

During the event, Pauletta recounted a family trip to Israel a few years ago where they visited a Holocaust museum; she noted the resonating impact the experience had on the entire family.

“There was one room in the Holocaust museum that featured the clothes, shoes and other items of the children murdered there and it was very disturbing,’’ she recalled. “I asked my kids about it after we left and I could tell it haunted them too. But it also made them think about their own history and they asked me where was there a place that told our (African American) story. That hit me because I didn’t know at the time this museum was in the making.’’

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public on September 24.

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