Greensboro Civil Rights Museum Committed to Growth

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Greensboro’s International Civil Rights Center and Museum operated at a loss of 318-thousand dollars in 2011, according to its Chief Financial Officer.

In 2010, it operated at a profit of more than 226-thousand dollars. Executive Director Bamidele Demerson said museums around the country are struggling.

The museum is experiencing cultural attraction, just as any other museum not only in our community but in the USA. At the same time we have a commitment to growth and development.

And to find ways to make growth profitable. In the two years its been open about 140-thousand people have visited the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro. Demerson said they’re getting international visitors as well as locals.

Museum staff said they remain focused on programming, even through staff cuts to help make ends meet. It’s curatorial program associate said they’ve done programs on topics from North Carolina’s sterilization program to international human rights issues.

Demerson says despite economic challenges, the museum is here to stay.