African American Civil War Museum to reopen in DC

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The African American Civil War Museum is reopening in a new location in Washington to give it more space for exhibits and programs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The African American Civil War Museum is reopening in a new location in Washington to give it more space for exhibits and programs. The museum opened on U Street in 1999 near the African American Civil War Memorial to help visitors understand the contributions of black soldiers. On July 18, it celebrates its grand reopening nearby in a former school building on Vermont Avenue near the memorial. The new location provides about 5,000 square feet after a $5 million renovation. The original location only had about 700 square feet. The new museum includes a media center and research area for descendants and scholars. On July 17, the museum will host a film festival. It also plans to hold future jazz and gospel festivals to reflect the neighborhood’s musical history. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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