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Interactive R&B Hall of Fame museum on the table again for Augusta

This rendering of a proposed museum was provided by the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of...
This rendering of a proposed museum was provided by the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Foundation.(WRDW)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 8:56 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Today Augusta leaders heard a pitch from organizers of the National R&B Hall of Fame. Last summer the Hall of Fame CEO said he felt Augusta would be an ideal location for the museum.

Organizers want to build a 30,000 to 50,000 square foot interactive museum with exhibits honoring past inductees like Micheal Jackson, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown. Today in the meeting organizers claimed the museum would bring approximately $1 million in economic development to the city and Augusta would reap 50 percent of all proceeds.

A representative from the organization asked commissioners to consider allowing Augusta to be the host site for the 2021 induction ceremony of James Brown’s cape-man Danny Ray. Some commissioners were on the fence about the idea because they want to know if the cost is really worth the potential profit.

“The rhythm and blues industry I think should be honored, I think it should have a hall of fame, I’m just not sure this leader is the right one,” said Commissioner John Clarke, District 10.

No decision was agreed on today. This organization has pitched this idea already in the past to at least eight other cities. Just like before some commissioners say the plan needs to be more hashed out.

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