Richmond, VA--The Black History Museum and Cultural Center in Jackson Ward is getting ready to move.
The museum has been at its current location on Clay Street for more than 20 years. At one point, the building was the only library that would accommodate black students in Richmond. But the historic building is no longer big enough for the museum's expansions; therefore, the Museum will be moved to the Armory on Leigh Street.
In the 1800s, the Armory was the only refuge for black militia men in Richmond. According to Chairman of the Board, Stacy Burrs, over the decades, the facility was on the verge of crumbling, until the city invested in a major restoration project.
Now that the building is structurally sound, governmental organizations, corporations and individuals, will be contributing to a multi-million dollar price-tag, to relocate the museum.
"It's not going to be a museum behind four walls. It's going to be a museum that takes advantage of the neighborhood that it's in," says Burrs. "It's going to be a museum that takes advantage of the way young people and old people receive information these days."
Groundbreaking on the new facility is set for 2013. For more information about the project or to contribute, visit here.