Civil Rights Center Museum Board Chairman Steps Down

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- WFMY News 2 has uncovered new developments in the International Civil Rights Center and Museum (ICRCM) as its board chairman, George Clopton has stepped down from his role.

Monty Hagler, spokesperson for ICRCM, said Clopton, who's also a Ralph Lauren Executive, stated he stepped down because he was too busy with his full-time job. Hagler said he also couldn't devote enough time to the position.

However Clopton will remain as a board member with the ICRCM.

Deena Hayes, who's already an ICRCM board member, will take over as the new board chairman.

Greensboro City Council learned Friday the loan agreement had not been signed after councilman Tony Wilkins requested a copy of the document.

The $750,000 is half of the $1.5 million city council voted last year to loan the museum.

Greensboro Mayor Vaughan talked to WFMY News 2 Sunday about the loan and about the museum missing two audit deadlines. Vaughan says she is "disappointed that the Museum asked for an extension and missed the deadline." She added she has questions about the quality of the sustainability report the museum submitted.

Councilmember Zach Matheny said he feels like performance measures are not being met on the ICRCM's end. He also expressed his disappointment in the museum's sustainability report and said he has questions about decline in revenue and contributions the museum receives outside of donations.

As for ICRCM, spokesman Monty Hagler told WFMY News 2 no one was available for an interview. However, he said the museum board is meeting Monday and speaking with city leaders Tuesday.

WFMY News 2 reached out to all Greensboro council members. Some members declined our request for an interview, while others did not return our calls.

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