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Tubman museum hit by funding cuts

Tubman African-American Museum's executive director,Andy Ambrose, addressed Macon-Bibb's commission, saying funding cuts will have a large impact on the museum.

That's after Mayor Reichert failed to include funding for several museums and programs in next year's budget.

They include the Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Children's Museum and the Douglass Theatre.

This year, the Tubman received $250,000 in funding.

But in 2015's proposed budget, that money was cut completely.

County Manager Dale Walker says in talks to revise the budget,

Commissioners have discussed putting $187,500 towards the Tubman museum.

Ambrose says the county's support is critical to the museum's operation.

"The immediate impact might be that we would have to close the doors of our museum right now while we find replacement funding. It would mean, as I was suggesting in comments to the commission, that it would set back programs that are already in place for this summer and for the fall," Ambrose said.

Ambrose says they don't plan to stop construction on the new Tubman museum, which is expected to open next spring.


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