With fundraising stalled just a year before an expected groundbreaking, organizers of a planned African-American museum in Nashville have started talking to state officials about extending their deadline.
But backers of the Museum of African American Music, Art & Culture say they remain confident about their eventual success.
Kevin Lavender, chairman of the foundation behind the museum, said he has asked the state about adding 90 to 120 days to the Oct. 8, 2009, deadline to start construction.
"But we'd love to hit that date," Lavender said.
The African American History Foundation of Nashville Inc. has a 30-year lease on three acres of state-owned land at Jefferson Street and Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, on the northwest corner of Bicentennial Capitol Mall. The agreement started in 2004, three years after the museum was conceived.
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