First NY Civil Rights Museum to Be Built in Harlem

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013  |  Updated 9:35 AM EDT
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First NY Civil Rights Museum to Be Built in Harlem

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Plans are underway for New York's first civil rights museum to be built in Harlem.
 
The plans were announced Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The officials said the museum will be built on a stretch of 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard.

Officials say the Museum of the Urban Civil Rights Experience will use Harlem as a lens through which to view the wider civil rights experience in cities across America.
 
The museum will be housed on a 42,000-square-foot stretch of property that will also contain a new national headquarters for the National Urban League.
 
Mixed-income housing and multi-level retail space will also be provided for after groundbreaking occurs in 2015.

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