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Milwaukee's Black Holocaust Museum receives $10 million donation, plans February reopening

An anonymous donor has committed $10 million to America’s Black Holocaust Museum. Described as a "transformational commitment" by the museum, the money will support the Milwaukee institution as it plans to reopen on Feb. 25, 2022. The museum has closed to the public since in 2018, though it has maintained a virtual presence in the interim.

“At a time of hyperpolarization, we are in dire need of safe spaces and opportunities created to bring us together to explore difficult issues, to learn, and to celebrate our history,” Dr. Robert Davis, president and CEO of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, said in a statement. “The reemergence of the museum is critical at this time for Bronzeville, Milwaukee and nationally, and I am honored and humbled to continue the work and the legacy of our founder, Dr. James Cameron, as a result of this generous commitment.”

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The donation was announced yesterday morning at a check presentation at the museum, 401 W. North Ave.

The donation will be allocated in two rounds: an initial grant of $5 million, which will be used to reopen and expand the museum, and a future grant that will be used to ensure the museum's sustainability.

"The museum, as a physical space and virtual museum, is crucial as an anchor institution in the heart of Milwaukee historic neighborhood of Bronzeville -- and as a place of learning, healing and reconciliation," its organizers state.