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Local business owners helping restore Cleveland’s African American Museum

Published: Feb. 1, 2021 at 5:15 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland’s African American museum is filled with historic pictures, artifacts and so much more.

“We have a whole room with inventions from African Americans, it’s a lot in here,” said Frances Caldwell, Executive Director, African America Museum.

Caldwell took over leadership at the museum in 2010.

She says the museum is in desperate need of repairs.

“I think it’s roughly about 54 windows, so we need all of those replaced, we need landscaping... we need a new fence around the whole building,” Caldwell added.

Right now the museum is open, but not at full capacity, people can visit but by appointment only.

“I hope more people come down to the museum, I can’t wait until the museum thrives into the way that should be,” Aubrey Rose, Owner, Black It Up Apparel

Rose and her co-owner came to the museum in 2019 and saw how much help it needed.

“So we wanted to volunteer and we also have a $500 donation that we will be given to the museum,” said Rose.

For a little over a year, Rose has been volunteering to help fix up the museum.

“I see the potential, and I seen how great it is to have an African American museum in Cleveland,” Rose added.

Caldwell says she grateful for volunteers like Rose.

She added hopefully with their help, the museum will be open to the public within the next six months.

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