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African-American Legacy Project to relocate

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Some of what can be viewed at the museum. Some of what can be viewed at the museum.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The African-American Legacy Project got off the ground in 2004, to document and preserve the contributions of African-Americans in the Toledo area.

It includes more than 6,000 photos and memorabilia to help tell the story of those who made their mark in the city and in the world.

"It's great to see you start something and to see it flourish. We have wonderful stories here and we just see the next home as a continuation," said Robert Smith, who has helped to transition the project from concept, to its original home on Upton Avenue, with work now starting to relocate to a church building at the corner of Dorr and Collingwood.

"We have been very fortunate," Smith added. "We were deeded a new facility, which is in the heart of the African-American community."

Besides telling individual stories, Smith says the new center will allow them to also tell the story of Toledo's African-American neighborhoods.

"People can come in and help us define old businesses, old homesteads, old important institutions that were relevant to Toledo's African-American community."

Smith said the project is all about drawing on the past to motivate future generations to be successful in life.

"What you need, to begin to understand, you need to have a very strong commitment, a darn good work ethic, and you need a very strong education."

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