In Response to Museum Request, City to Delay Cudell Gazebo Demolition 30 Days

click to enlarge In Response to Museum Request, City to Delay Cudell Gazebo Demolition 30 Days
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An update on yesterday's gazebo story: In response to a request from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the city of Cleveland will delay the demolition of the gazebo at Cudell recreation center for 30 days. 

"Because of their expressed interest in discussing a possible relocation of the gazebo, the City will delay the deconstruction of the gazebo for thirty days to allow that discussion to continue," the city said in a press release.

The NMAAHC's Senior History Curator William S. Pretzer had asked for 60 days as the museum coordinates with national groups like Black Lives Matter and considers possibilities for the gazebo's preservation. Pretzer said preserving the gazebo was important, given its role in African-American history.

Also up for discussion will be the gazebo's final resting place (if indeed it will be moved to D.C. or stay here in Cleveland) and the parties who will pay for any relocation / preservation efforts. 

We'll update when and if any decisions are made. 

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Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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