City of Las Vegas Says New African American Museum In The Works

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The Muhammad Ali museum-style exhibit an exhibition hall at the Graceland tourist attraction on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. Presley and Ali were known to be friends. Presley once gave Ali a custom-made robe in Las Vegas in the early 1970s. A replica of that robe is part of the Ali exhibit, along with photos of the heavyweight boxing and civil rights champion and other artifacts. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
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A new African American museum and cultural arts center is headed to Las Vegas. It will be located in the Historic Westside community. Project organizers say they don’t have an exact timeline, but they do expect to have the museum operational in five to 10 years.

Planning for the museum began in 2016 as community members looked to revitalize the area. According to the city, there are plans for connecting the current Walker African American Museum and Research Center and the Miller Street Building to that new facility. The City of Las Vegas says they’re committed to initial funding through planning and programming dollars, and that they’re exploring capital contributions as well.

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