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Tue July 21, 2009
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Atlanta Officials Make Headway in Planned Civil and Human Rights Museum

Atlanta,Georgia –
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta City Council has cleared the way for
a civil and human rights museum to pay $11.5 million left on a loan
so the museum can acquire display rights to 10,000 documents
belonging to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
In the down economy, private fundraising has stalled to pay off
the original $32 million loan made in 2006 to buy the Morehouse
College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection.
Under a proposal approved by the council on Monday on a 12-0
vote, The Center for Civil and Human Rights will pay the balance on
the Morehouse King Collection. Last year, the city granted $40
million in bonds to the museum to help build the project, and the
loan payment would come from those funds.

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