African-American museum gets new name, music-only focus

Tuck-Hinton Architects is proudly designing the National Museum of African-American Music.

As originally conceived, the museum was centered around African-American art, music and culture. However, project leaders have decided to strip away two of those three components after a market research study found 47 percent of respondents revealed a preference toward music alone.

“This celebrates everything from the Fisk Jubilee Singers to Little Richard to Ludacris,” said H. Beecher Hicks III, president of Gray Line Tennessee and chair of the museum’s board of trustees. “It really runs across more than 40 genres of music and covers the history of our country through music.”

The project’s new name is the National Museum of African-American Music. Those overseeing the project say the museum is still on pace for a late 2013 opening despite the museum’s $47.5 million price tag and the challenges of raising money.

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