KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," 7:30 AM 2/7/10 & KTTU-18 "In Focus," 10:30 AM, 1/31/10

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Cressworth Lander, President, and Chuck Ford, V-P, the Dunbar Coalition. The Coalition was established in 1993 to obtain possession of the Dunbar/Spring School complex from the Tucson Unified School District.

Lander says the Coalition is comprised of members of the Junteenth Festival Planning Committee, Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Association, Dunbar Alumni Association and The Urban League.  He says the property was purchased from TUSD in 1995 for 25-dollars.

Ford says renovations have been taking place on the site since then, and when completed, he says, Tucson will have its first African-American Museum and Cultural Center. He says the Auditorium, which is in the two-story building constructed in 1948, is complete and is being used for community events.  He says a basketball court and playground area have also been added to the site.

Lander says the $800-million renovation of the Dunbar School is funded by Pima County historic preservation bond funds and by private donations.  He says future bond money and additional  private donations and sponsorships will be needed to complete the project. He says the museum will increase opportunities for cultural expression and will serve neighborhood youth and the entire community as well.