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U.S. National Slavery Museum is set for completion in 2008, its executive director tells NAACP.
In addition to the replica slave ship, museum plans call for 10 permanent galleries, a 450-seat amphitheater, two libraries, a lecture hall, several classrooms and an outdoor garden featuring sculptures, commemorative walls, tobacco and cotton crops.
Officials hope to raise money toward the project at a gala this summer in Washington. Foster said she will release more information about the event, tentatively scheduled for June 3, once contracts have been signed.
A fundraiser featuring entertainer Ben Vereen was originally scheduled for Feb. 19 at the Lincoln Center in New York City, but officials opted to delay it and seek a larger facility after receiving "overwhelming requests" to attend the gala.
Foster urged residents to get the word out about the project, the first of its kind in the country.
"We're not going to point fingers. We're not going to condemn anyone. We're not going to polarize," she said. "We just want to tell the story."
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