2013 opening unlikely for new Nashville museum

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A planned museum of African American music in Nashville seems unlikely to make a hoped-for 2013 opening date.

The Tennessean reports the National Museum of African American Music is still millions of dollars away from reaching its fundraising goal.

Paula Roberts directs the foundation that will oversee the museum. She declined to discuss fundraising specifics or when the $47.5 million project might break ground.

Work toward creating the museum began in 2004 after the state agreed to lease three acres of state-owned land near downtown to the African American History Foundation of Nashville Inc. The agreement called for construction to begin by October 2009.

The foundation has been granted three groundbreaking extensions and currently has a construction start date of Oct. 31, 2013.

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