Lack of Funds Hinders NOLA Civil Rights Museum

Dec 28, 2012

After 13 years on the drawing board, a civil rights museum in New Orleans appears to be far from becoming a reality in Louisiana.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne tells The Advocate given the fiscal condition of the state, he doesn't see it becoming a priority.

The pace of the project frustrates former state Sen. Diana Bajoie, who originally pitched the museum to the Legislature in 1999.

Bajoie introduced legislation establishing the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum as the state's official civil rights museum.

Dardenne says the feasibility study suggested several sites in New Orleans' museum corridor for the civil rights museum. He says the problem is that acquiring land and building a museum takes money.