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$600,000 museum exhibit opens

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- A Cedar Rapids museum damaged by the 2008 floods held the grand opening for one of its main exhibits Saturday.

The African American museum had $1.3 million of damage after the floods.

Through fundraising, government assistance, and community support, the new $600,000 exhibit is a permanent display called Endless Possibilities.

As a flood precaution, 75 percent of exhibit is portable.

"An exhibit of this calibre usually runs $300 per square foot and ours is really a scaled down model… if we had more interactives… it would probably be a million," African American Museum's Thomas Moore said.

However, it's still the largest and most interactive exhibit the museum has ever had.

The exhibit includes models of a slave ship, an Underground Railroad hideaway, and a few relics of Iowa History.

"We originally did a lot on Africa and we scaled it down quite a bit so that we could enlarge Iowa... our mission is the history of Iowa of course," African American Museum's Thomas Moore said.

Moore said that Iowa's history is unique because Iowa schools desegregated almost 100 years before the nation desegregated.

ONLINE PRODUCER: Jackie Manternach

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