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Milwaukee, WI (March 13, 2006) – As part of a partnership with the City of Milwaukee and the Department of City Development, the African American World Cultural Center will be built in the Bronzeville cultural and entertainment district. This strategic move will breathe new life into the project and the Bronzeville district.
“We are excited about the Center being located in Bronzeville and are looking forward to working with the City of Milwaukee and the Department of City Development on this project,” said Tyrone Dumas, AAWCC board chairman. “We believe incorporating the African American World Cultural Center into Bronzeville will allow us to secure the funds necessary to build the facility and spark additional development in the area.”
The Center, which was originally proposed for Johnsons Park, has been in the planning stages since 1996, however, difficulty raising sufficient funds stalled the original plan.
“Although we believe Bronzeville is a perfect fit for the Center, we recognize and appreciate the history of Johnson’s Park and its affiliation with the Underground Railroad,” Dumas explained. “We believe that Johnsons Park will continue to transform and offer our support of the revitalization efforts in the area.”
Upon completion, the African American World Cultural Center will be a non-profit center that will serve as an arts and cultural center for the entire Milwaukee community. In addition, the Center will be a resource for business development, education and networking.