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Isaiah Washington Makes Donation to Project on African Slave Trade

March 15, 2007 (6:39 am) GMT
Isaiah Washington donated $25,000 to a computer animation project in Sierra Leone aimed at detailing the Atlantic slave trade.

Came under fire this year for using an anti-gay slur, is out with good deed. The actor makes good with his wealth, making $25,000 donation to a computer animation project that aims to detail the Atlantic slave trade.

The project, focuses on Bunce Island, an 18th century slave-trading castle that sent African captives to North America, as it appeared in 1805, is being directed by Joseph Opala and Gary Chatelain, who both professors at James Madison University in Virginia.

"The stories of innumerable Sierra Leoneans that were forced into slavery have yet to be extensively told," Washington said in a statement. "I believe this project will begin to shed some much-needed light on the region, both past and present."

Washington's donation was made through his Gondobay Manga Foundation and the Friends of Sierra Leone, a spokesman said Wednesday March 14th.

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