Work set to begin on African American Museum renovation

Funds still needed to complete transformational museum campaign

African American Museum groundbreaking LaNisha Cassell
LaNisha Cassell, executive director of the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, smiles as she speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the musem's renovation project Wednesday, May 31, 2023. CREDIT RICHARD PRATT

The transformational renovation and expansion project at the African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) formally began Wednesday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony. Museum leaders and local officials gathered outside the museum, at 55 12th Ave. SE, to mark the construction launch for the project, as work on a permanent east-side floodwall continued in the background […]

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