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Civil Rights Museum to Break Ground in Fall

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A new civil rights museum in Atlanta is scheduled to break ground in October.

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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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