Thursday, February 9, 2012

Yes Weekly's Eric Ginsburg on The International Civil Rights Center & Museum

"The International Civil Rights Center & Museum
...Attendance rates fell from approximately 75,000 visitors in 2010 to 65,000 last year...

The museum has dealt with the dismal economy by hiring part-time people...

Demerson and Jones would not say if any staff positions were cut or the number of employees and their hours were scaled back since the museum was opened, but Demerson said the museum has done some restructuring and reorganizing.

...“The goal is to become economically self-sufficient,” Jones said. “We hope to get the US Congress to establish a commemorative coin for the sit-in movement.

The sales revenue would come to the museum: it’s estimated it could generate $12-15 million that would go towards an endowment.”

If the coins were produced and sold out quickly enough, there could be a second printing that could potentially generate $30 million for the museum in total, Jones said.

...Jones shared a handful of other hopes he has for the future of the museum, particularly the creation of a hall of civil rights leaders including robots of people like Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman..."


No comments: