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COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
Thanks to assistance from Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC), the Alabama Music Hall of Fame (AMHF) will reopen its doors Thursday.
The attraction has been closed for eight months due to lack of funding.
NW-SCC came up with a plan to lease the AMHF and its 40 acres of property. The NW-SCC will pay $5,000 per month for six months. After receiving Alabama Community College System Chancellor approval, Wiley Barnard, Executive Director of the AMHF, and Humphrey Lee, President of NW-SCC, formally signed a contract on May 25, with an effective date of May 14, to make this plan a reality.
Lee said reopening the AMHF could bring a great infusion of energy to the Shoals.
"I think this is the perfect time to reopen the Hall of Fame," said Lee. "The Shoals area offers so much this time of year with the different festivals and tourism packages. I really feel this will just give our local tourism bureaus one more thing to showcase."
Barnard agreed the reopening will be a great thing for the area.
"We have been working so hard to get to this point and I believe visitors to our area and the community will really reap the fruits of our labor," said Barnard.
Currently, the AMHF will be open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission will be free to all attending Thursday, June 14 through Saturday, June 16.