Greensboro council considering seeking refund from Civil Rights Museum

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Some Greensboro City Council members are having their trust of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum tested again after learning no one representing the museum ever signed loan papers.

The loan from the city was for $1.5 million and wouldn’t have had to be paid back if certain conditions were met.

The city paid the museum the first half of it — $750,000 — in October, but today the council learned the loan papers were never signed. Some council members are wondering if the city should ask for the money back.

Councilman Zack Matheny told FOX8 he is tremendously disappointed in the entire process.

“One of the things they agreed upon was they would have ‘quote unquote’ clean audits and those audits would be clean before they could receive a check; and they received a check without having a signed a contract and without audits even coming in. So, the breakdown there is unacceptable,” Matheny said.

The loan papers were signed and returned today.

Also today, museum Board Chairman George Clopton said he will step down Monday, but said he plans to remain active on the museum’s board.

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