Black history museum seeks home in Hagerstown

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Doleman Black Heritage Museum in Hagerstown is searching for a new home after focusing its resources on preserving its collection.

Museum Administrator Alesia Parson-McBean told the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday that the museum is facing challenges because many downtown buildings aren't handicapped accessible.

The Herald-Mail (http://bit.ly/WmPGSm ) reports the museum project won a $150,000 federal grant in 2010 that was administered by the city. Parson-McBean says that money was used for preservation of the museum's growing collection and to build four traveling exhibits.

The museum began as the Doleman family's personal collection in 1972. It has grown to encompass black history and culture in Washington County.

The Maryland General Assembly has granted a $25,000 bond bill to help the museum acquire property for a new home.

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