Lacy Ward speaks out about Civil Rights museum’s finances


Lacy Ward Jr. (News and Record)

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GREENSBORO, N.C.— The former executive director of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum is speaking out for the first time since his firing in November.

In an essay in Wednesday’s News & Record, Lacy Ward Jr. details the museum’s financial troubles, talks about the reasons for his ouster by its board of directors and suggests that its board accept the city of Greensboro’s offer to manage the museum.

“I allowed a period of time where clarity could have come forward about the situation the museum is in,” Ward said in an interview Tuesday. “But it didn’t. There’s no dialogue going on about what the actual situation with the museum is. I believe the taxpayers of Greensboro deserve clarity.”

Ward’s words paint a grim picture of the museum’s finances, but he said it’s an accurate one, and one of which the public needs to be aware.

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