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Jan132019

S.C. African-American Museum Already Expanding

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A new black history museum planned in South Carolina is leasing more space to accommodate its expanding staff.

The Post and Courier reports the International African American Museum in Charleston has entered into a lease with the city that opens a section of the Charleston Maritime Center for museum use.

The Charleston City Council unanimously voted to lease the waterfront space to the museum. The city-owned building is adjacent to the museum site.

The museum will pay $3,000 a month for use of the second-floor space. The lease begins Monday and lasts through 2020.

Despite a recent announcement that construction costs will be $10 million more than anticipated, CEO Michael Boulware Moore says organizers still plan to break ground midyear on the museum and open to the public in mid-2021.

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