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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One of the men who worked for more than a decade to make the International Civil Rights Center and Museum a reality will no longer serve as chairman of the museum’s board.

Skip Alston, who co-founded the museum with Earl Jones, confirmed he has resigned as chairman.

"I offered my resignation to the board last night and they accepted my resignation," Alston said Tuesday morning.

Alston says he will remain on the board but no longer lead it. The board will pick a new chairman on Sept. 16, when Alston’s resignation is slated to go into effect.

museumINSERTOn Aug. 1, Alston told FOX8 the museum was losing between $25,000 and $30,000 every month. The museum is on Tuesday night's Greensboro City Council agenda to ask for $1.5 million from the city for multiple strategies geared toward putting the museum back in the black.

After making a profit of more than $200,000 in its inaugural year in 2010, the museum lost money in 2011 and 2012.

The $1.5 million is aimed at hiring a full time development administrator to raise money for the museum and to develop a program for bringing more school children to the museum.

The museum anticipated 200,000 visitors a year in its planning stages, but it has only averaged between 60,000 and 70,000 visitors a year.