Civil rights marchers pickett outside Albany businesses in this file photo from 1962 footage from the Georgia Archives.
Atlanta, GA (AP) - A new civil rights museum in Atlanta is scheduled
to break ground in October.
Chief Executive Officer Doug Shipman says the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a scaled-down version of the original 90,000-square-foot design that was estimated to cost about $125 million. The new design will cost about $100 million and will be 63,000 square feet.
Shipman says the museum has raised more than $73 million towards
its goal of having $85 million to begin construction, including a $1 million grant announced Monday from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. The museum will launch a public campaign this summer aimed at individual fundraising.
Much of the project's current funding has come from corporate donors, including Delta Air Lines, The Coca-Cola Co. and The Home Depot Foundation.
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