African American Historical Museum Up and Running After Controversy

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

September 8, 2013 Updated Sep 8, 2013 at 8:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – The Fort Wayne African-African American Historical Museum was open to the public Sunday—the first time since the controversy surrounding its Executive Director.

The Fort Wayne African-African American Historical Museum was another stop on Sunday’s “Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown”. It's the first time the museum has been open on a public scale since the controversy surrounding the museum's Executive Director in February. The museum has only been giving private tours since March.

People walked through to view the museum's new layout. The museum’s new Executive Director Dr. John Aden, says they've created more space in the exhibition rooms, refurbished the gift shop, and added some technological aspects.

Dr. Aden says they plan to add more interactive technology, create a consignment book collection on African American history, and develop a museum on wheels to take around to schools.

“The impact and influence of African Americans in this county is really profound, but not widely known. I think that this is one of the places where you can discover and engage that in a richer way,” said Dr. Aden.

The museum is now open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To find out about upcoming exhibits and programs, or to volunteer at the museum, click on "African American Historical Museum" under News Links on our homepage.

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