Downtown Atlanta chosen for civil rights museum

ATLANTA (AP) -- The city's proposed civil and human rights museum will be built in downtown in Atlanta's prime tourist zone, officials announced on Monday.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights will be located between The New World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Coke donated the $10 million, 2.5-half acre parcel to the museum in October 2006.

The center is scheduled to break ground next year and will showcase the city and state's contributions to human rights efforts around the world. Morehouse College's Martin Luther King Jr. Collection is expected to be the centerpiece of the project.

Organizers say it is expected to generate $1.3 billion in economic impact for the city, create about 2,700 jobs and attract 800,000 visitors in its first year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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