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Virginia's Black History Museum To Be Renovated

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RICHMOND, VA—Work is underway to relocate the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

The center will soon be expanding to nearly three times its current size. It's all part of the museum's "Bold Vision, Bright Future" capital project.

The museum, which is currently located on East Clay Street, will be moving to the Historic Leigh Street Armory.

"We are proud to help restore this armory, expand The Black History Museum and support the on-going rebirth of this amazing neighborhood, Jackson Ward," said Thomas Farrell II, President and CEO of Dominion Virginia Power.

The expansion and move will be made possible due in part to a $500,000 check Dominion Virginia Power put forward towards the project.

"It will allow us to have better access to our collections for curating exhibitions, research, patron research— which is important—genealogy and local history," said Dr. Maureen Lee, the Executive Director of the Black History Museum.

In addition to renovations at the museum, the full project, totaling $13 million, will work to revitalize the Historic Jackson Ward community.

"We believe that Jackson Ward is moving on to becoming the great Mecca of the past that shines now in the present," said Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones.

Work is set to begin in late 2013, with the grand opening expected in 2015.

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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