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Tubman Museum Work Resumes This Year

Updated: 1 year ago.
A new Tubman African American Museum is expected to open by January 2015 after construction resumes late this year in Macon. Museum Director Andy Ambrose gave an update on the timeframe Thursday at a meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority. Work on the Cherry Street property stopped in 2005 when the museum ran out of money. (Photo Courtesy of malkowitch via stock.xchng.)

A new Tubman African American Museum is expected to open by January 2015 after construction resumes late this year in Macon.

Museum Director Andy Ambrose gave an update on the timeframe Thursday at a meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority.

Ambrose said design work is being completed now, and interior construction should begin in November or December. That would complete a long-dormant shell of a building on Cherry Street, which the Urban Development Authority now owns.

Work on the Cherry Street property stopped in 2005 when the museum ran out of money. Ambrose said the new construction will cost about $5.5 million, while the museum has commitments of at least $6.2 million to complete the work.

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