The campaign to build a museum on the lower floor of the Colored Musicians Club hit a high note Tuesday.
Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the city would provide $300,000 to commemorate the jazz organization's history at 145 Broadway.
"This is the longest continuously operating colored musicians club — African-American musicians club — in the entire United States," Brown said. "The Colored Musicians Club will not only be preserving the rich history of the club, and the tremendous artists who have played at this club over the years, but it will also be adding to the rich cultural tourism amenities that exist in this community."
Groundbreaking is expected in early 2010, with planned completion in fall 2011 in advance of a conference by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The total cost is estimated at $900,000.