Council Requests More Information Regarding $1.5 Million For Civil Rights Museum

1:20 AM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC - The future of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum is still unknown after Tuesday's council meeting ended with no vote on a funding request.

The city council was expected to decide if they will give a $1.5 million loan to the museum. But after much debate and questions regarding the funding, leadership and the sustainability plan for the museum; the council decided to hold off on making a decision for now.

The meeting started at 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon because there was so much to get through. It didn't wrap up until 1:22 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The council heard from many local residents and supporters of the museum who all tried to convince the council to give the museum the money for operating expenses. Amongst the supporters who commented was Franklin McCain, one of the Greensboro Four. He talked about the importance of the museum and spoke on vision and leadership.

Some of the Greensboro council members told News 2 that they don't think more money will save the Civil Rights museum.

"I think there's more questions than just one person stepping down as chair and remaining on the board. I think there's a lot to be discussed on programming and just throwing money at something isn't the right answer," said Councilman Zack Matheny.

In a surprise move on Monday night, the chair of the museum resigned. Skip Alston said he didn't have the time to devote to the museum but decided to remain on the board.

Read here: Skip Alston Resigns As Civil Rights Museum Chairman


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