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African American Music Museum on track to be built

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The wheels were put in motion to build a museum to honor African American culture in 2000. (Photo: MGN Online) The wheels were put in motion to build a museum to honor African American culture in 2000. (Photo: MGN Online)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -

Construction on the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville could start as early as next year.

Project leaders told The Tennessean http://tnne.ws/1j7SiNo the construction will be one component of a larger redevelopment on the site of the old Nashville Convention Center near downtown.

The wheels were put in motion to build a museum to honor African American culture in 2000 when the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce created a task force to study the issue.

Initially, the project had a fundraising goal of more than $43 million, but that was reduced after the city offered up the convention center. In 2006, the city committed $10 million toward the project, and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says the city's commitment still stands.

 

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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