African-American Museum in Martinsville Has Grand Opening in New Location

Danville,VA-- It was a great day for The Fayette Area Historical Initiative, a Martinsville organization that strives to make sure local African-American history is not forgotten.

The Fayette Area Historical Initiative had the grand opening of their new African-American Museum and Multi-cultural Center on Wednesday. Several people stopped by to view its exhibits and historic items.

The museum was started in another building on Fayette Street years ago, but they grew out of it. Board members say this new building is of great historical significance.

"This building here, Imperial Savings and Loan is the last black owned operating federal saving union in the Commonwealth of Virginia until it closed in 2010, so this building has history," said Curtis Millner Sr., chairman of Board for the Fayette Area Historical Initiative.

The museum admission is free. It's open from Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and other times by appointment for groups of five or more.

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