The Lower Garden District riverfront could be the future site of the National Slave Ship Museum, built around a full-size replica of an 18th century slave ship. Uptown Messenger reports that the museum, apparently "decades in the making," would have an amphitheater, a DNA testing lab to trace one's ancestry, and a ship that would go out on the river. The $170M project, planned for Celeste Street near the Market Street power plant and new Lykes Steamship District, needs City Council's okay before the search for investors begins. City Council prez, Jackie Clarkson, said, "Of course we will be part of it." The team behind the proposed museum is Lloyd Lazard, Xavier University prez Norman Francis, and architect Clifton James.
· National Slave Ship Museum proposed for Lower Garden District riverfront [Uptown Messenger]
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