Monday, February 6, 2012

African American Entrepreneur Sponsors $1 Million Exhibit of Army's Integration

ARLINGTON, Va. - David L. Steward, co-founder and chairman of World Wide Technology, Inc., of St. Louis, Mo, recently made a $1 million donation to the National Museum of the United States Army. Steward’s gift will sponsor the Museum’s “Reflecting and Changing the Face of America Exhibit,” part of the Army and Society gallery, telling the story of the Army’s integration.

Not only will Steward’s gift chronicle President Truman’s Executive Order 9981 mandating equal treatment in the Armed Services; it will ensure the historic stories of African-American Soldiers such as the Buffalo Soldiers, Red Ball Express operators, Jackie Robinson, and GEN Colin Powell are told.

“We are pleased that Mr. Steward chose to support the Museum project through an exhibit he finds meaningful” said MG John P. Herrling (USA-Ret.), Campaign Executive Director, Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army. “This exhibit will also be an integral part of the larger story of the relationship between the Army, its civilian government, and the people.”

“Without the dedication and generosity of individuals like Mr. Steward,” Herrling continued, “we would not be able to tell the comprehensive story of the Army and the Army’s role in important changes within American society.”

Steward’s father served in the Navy during WWII and several members of his family have served in the Army. In a recent telephone interview, Steward explained that his father spoke of the racism he experienced in the Navy and how he overcame that to fight for his country. When he learned of the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, Steward’s father shared a sense of pride in their story and in the courage they displayed while serving.

The Museum will be a permanent tribute to the American Soldier and will honor their service and their sacrifice. “The stories and the Soldier heroes who lived them should not be forgotten,” emphasized Steward. “They protected our freedom, and provided me the privilege to run a business in a free enterprise system and enjoy and share the fruits of hard work.”

Steward is quick to explain that while he did not serve in the Army, his relationship with the Army and its Soldiers has developed through his business. “I have the opportunity to serve in a different way, by supporting Soldiers through improving upon and providing communications systems and advanced technology solutions that help our brave men and women meet their mission goals,” said Steward.

David L. Steward’s gift places him in the Five-Star Circle of Distinction reserved for donors of $1,000,000 - $4,999,999. More information on World Wide Technology, Inc. can be found at

Conceptual rendering of museum provided by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

About The Army Historical Foundation

The Army Historical Foundation establishes, assists, and promotes programs and projects which preserve the history of the American Soldier and promote public understanding of and appreciation for the contributions by all components of the U.S. Army and its members. The Foundation serves as the Army’s official fundraising entity for the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army. The Museum will be constructed at Fort Belvoir, Va., to honor the service and sacrifice of all American Soldiers who have served since the Army’s inception in 1775. For more information on the Foundation and the National Museum of the United States Army, visit

Headshot provided by World Wide Technology, Inc.

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