KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A nonprofit group is working to establish a Black History Museum in Kalamazoo.
It's with the support of State Representative Julie Rogers.
#HAPPENING: A local nonprofit group is holding a press conference to officially launch a black history museum in #Kalamazoo.— Lauren Kummer (@LaurenKummerTV) February 14, 2022
State Rep. Julie Rogers will also be making remarks. @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/jJ0cA681yD
Organizers are hoping to construct or rehabilitate a current building in the downtown area.
The project is estimated to cost a total of $30 million.
The total project cost is estimated to be around $30 million. @FOX17— Lauren Kummer (@LaurenKummerTV) February 14, 2022
Here is the proposal for the museum: pic.twitter.com/5vwHO0uFUF
It will feature black history exhibits, a soul food cafe, a chapel and even a children's interactive play area and classroom.
The museum has a goal to open by Juneteenth — June 19th, 2024.
Kalamazoo black history notables include Kalamazoo's first black mayor Gilbert Bradley Junior, former New York Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter and former Green Bay Packers' wide receiver Greg Jennings.
Some black history notables from Kalamazoo include Kalamazoo’s first black mayor Gilbert Bradley Jr., New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter and Green Bay Packers’ Greg Jennings. @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/M8Jy0VWbnV— Lauren Kummer (@LaurenKummerTV) February 14, 2022