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Bricks and blocks program to help African American museum reach its financial goal

After months of delays, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is back on track. But the center still needs money.

It's part of a bricks and blocks program that allows people to own a small piece of the center while also helping it reach it's financial goal. And so far, people from all walks of life are buying into the project.

Ronnie Harris was born and raised in Louisville.

"Through high school I worked with metro parks and basically at risk children through summer camps. And I got a really good, I guess, understanding of the different aspects of our community here," said Harris.

That's why he's looking forward to the completion of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

"It's going to spotlight such an important part of our culture and our heritage," said Harris.

Harris is also joining the center's bricks and blocks campaign, and buy a brick in honor of a longtime friend.

"They can be a memorial. They can be just signifying some family name," said Christie McCravy, board chairperson.

When it opens, the center will exhibit the contributions African Americans have made to Kentucky. But the project is behind because of questions about how money was being spent. Those answers came through a series of clean audits that got things back on track.

"It has been a longtime waiting for not only us, but the neighborhood as well," said Camille Linton, Expressions Of You.

And last month more than $5 million in federal money was released to finish the project.

"For economic purposes it could be great for everyone," said Linton.

That's good news to the center's neighbors like Camille Linton who owns Expressions Of You Cafe and Coffee House.

"Once the center opens up it's going to bring a lot of different traffic to the area," said Linton.

Ronnie Harris not only plans to buy a piece of the center, but says he and his children will be part of that traffic.

"We'll come and we'll enjoy the exhibits and the knowledge it has to share with us," said Harris.

The bricks and blocks campaign runs through the end of October. Meanwhile, construction on the center is now scheduled to be finished by December.

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