Mosaic Templars to Open New Museum in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A new museum in Little Rock dedicated to the preservation of African-American heritage will have its grand opening September 20.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center announced Tuesday two $25,000 donations from supporters to carry out the opening event.  The center was to be housed in the historic Mosaic Templars building before the building burned in a fire in 2005.

Mosaic Templars was an insurance company founded by two former slaves in 1882.  The new center sits on the same site in what was once the heart of black business and culture during the days of segregation.

The National Dunbar Alumni Association of Arkansas and Arkansas businessman Gene Cauley made the contributions to the grand opening.

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