A Legacy to Keep WWII Generation’s Voice Alive

How One Member’s Planned Gift Keeps Future Generations Inspired

When it comes to generosity towards the Museum, David Wesley Ewell Black, a native and resident of Atlanta, is a shining example. David is a retired Army Infantry Officer who spent 20 years in service. His late father, Ewell Conway Black Jr., was a Corporal in the US Army, 106th Infantry Division, during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was captured in December 1944, spending six months as a prisoner of war before being liberated.

Giving to the Museum comes naturally for David. “History has always been a passion for me, especially American military history,” he says. “I have done extensive reading on the Battle of the Bulge, since that is where Dad fought and was captured, and came across the Museum in some of my readings about the D-Day invasion.” David began donating to the Museum in 2004 because he recognized the importance of preserving history.

“All history is important,” he continues. “Without understanding history, we cannot understand ourselves. Wars are terrible and there is sadness and heartbreak on all levels. We need to understand why wars are fought and why people made the sacrifices they made to go to war. Without understanding these matters, we will not know how to prevent future wars.”

In 2017, David decided to make a planned gift to the Museum. Through his gift, his legacy is secured forever as a member of the Stephen E. Ambrose Legacy Society, an essential part of the institution’s foundation. Ambrose, the Museum’s Founder who passed away in 2002, devoted his life’s work to preserving and honoring the stories of our servicemembers. Through the Society, Members have the opportunity to reflect those values and become a part of the Museum’s mission, which is to educate younger generations on the lessons of World War II and to honor the men and women who sacrificed so much.

When asked what philanthropy means to him, David responds, “Well, it's a big word that I’ve always associated with very wealthy people. I guess I am being philanthropic, but I don't feel like it. I’m just doing my small part to help maintain the Museum and educate people on a part of American history when the country came together and sacrificed on a national scale to preserve freedom.”

Others have joined this effort, and their commitment helping to ensure that future generations are inspired by the Museum and the stories it holds. As you plan for your future, we invite you to join our mission so that your legacy can continue through our educational initiatives. Plan your giving legacy today by calling Abbie C. Sumners, Director of Gift Planning, at 504-528-1944 x 271.