tyrone_dumas.jpgMILWAUKEE (AP) _ Organizers are giving up the effort to build an African American cultural center in Milwaukee, saying the recession has made it hard to raise money.

The board of the African American World Cultural Center, Inc., has voted to dissolve and will shut down April 15.

Organizers have been working since 1996 to raise up to $10 million to build a 60,000-square-foot center with space for meetings, banquets, exhibits and businesses.

Board chairman Tyrone Dumas says in a statement that the poor economy forced organizers to give up. Money raised for the project will be donated to other cultural organizations.

The shut down comes eight months after a lack of money forced America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee to close.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

Pictured above is Tyrone Dumas, chairman of the board of the African American World Cultural Center, Inc..