GSO Council Members Question Civil Rights Museum Board

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro city council members met with representatives from the International Civil Rights Center and Museum Tuesday afternoon to discuss the museum's finances and future.

Museum board members admitted the facility needs more promotion and publicity in the Triad area to encourage more people to visit. Plus, the museum will also begin offering self-guided tours at the end of March. The self-guided tours will be cheaper than the traditional guided tours and also allow more people to move through the museum.

However, city council members were more interested in the museum's finances. They asked tough questions about where the museum's money is going. At one point, Council Member Zack Matheny suggested asking the museum to put a freeze on the funds it has received from the city. However, the city attorney said that was probably not an option. Instead, Matheny said he was considering asking for tougher regulation and accountability for any future funds directed from the city to the museum.

Other council members suggested original board members, such as Skip Alston, step aside from the museum to allow more room for new voices, ideas and perspectives.

The council did not take any formal action at the work session, but members made it clear to museum leadership that they are monitoring the museum's finances.

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