Proposed site of upcoming African-American museum causes controversy

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Controversy is brewing over the proposed building site for Nashville’s National Museum of African American Music

On Thursday, council members, pastors, and community leaders gathered to express their concern about the plans to locate the museum off Fifth Avenue.

The proposal puts the museum where the convention center used to be instead of the originally-planned site off Broadway.

(Courtesy: National Museum of African American Music)
(Courtesy: National Museum of African American Music)

Leaders want to make sure taxpayers and supports get what they were promised in the original agreement.

Right now, they’re not convinced the new sit gives the museum the dignity it deserves.

“Seventy-five million of taxpayers money, cause it could have been used anywhere, to see that that museum successfully be built and be represented on Broadway,” said councilwoman Erica Gilmore. “And I think we think about the history of Nashville is very important that it be on Broadway and not be moved to the side.”

Gilmore says the Metro Council will file a resolution Tuesday requiring that an independent evaluator makes certain the museum receives its full value per the original agreement.