by Sam Hieb
N&R reports Greensboro International Civil Rights Center and Museum has received a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. But how much remains a mystery:
As is often the case with the museum’s affairs, an official there wouldn’t provide answers. Deena Hayes-Greene, the chairwoman of the museum’s board of directors, declined Thursday to discuss the details.
“We can confirm that a grant has been awarded from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to support the mission, values and operations” of the museum, she wrote in an email.
N&R public records requests indicate the grant is $200,000—a drop in the bucket in light of the museum’s dire financial situation.
Meanwhile, in a letter to the editor, a member of the museum’s board of directors accuses the N&R of unrelenting attacks on the museum before concluding that “(t)oday, when police murders of unarmed African American citizens across the U.S. have produced the “Black Lives Matter” movement, ICRCM’s inspirational and educational role is more needed than ever.”
Hard for an organization to provide such needed education and inspiration when it is asking the city for a refund on its water and sewer bill—as the N&R also discovered —-and getting rejected.