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Slated to be one of the country’s largest black cultural centers, Detroit’s Museum of African American History (315 E. Warren at Brush St.; 313-833-9800) reopens in a new building in the first quarter of 1997. There will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and fly-by salute, among other weekend-long festivities. The $38.4 million facility was designed by the black architectural firm, Sims-Varner Associates. The 1,200-sq.-ft. museum sits next to Detroit’s Science Center, and has four times the space of its old museum.
Created to serve as a “scholarly resource center for students, educators and the community,” the museum will debut with the largest African American exhibit ever mounted. “Of The People” spans 600 years of black culture of America.
Besides a 16,000-sq.-ft. long permanent exhibition space, there are two changing gallery spaces devoted to the arts, history and technology, a state-of-the-art theater, restaurant, museum store and a library.