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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio-Black Cleveland City Council members, Cuyahoga County councilpersons Yvonne Conwell and Dale Miller, community activists and retired Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Jean Murrell Capers were among a host of people that supported the capital improvement fundraiser on Friday for the African-American Museum of Cleveland. (Editor's note: Cleveland Urban News.Com was a key organizer of the event per an email request from museum executive director Frances Caldwell. This includes requesting that Cleveland 19 Action News Anchor Harry Boomer moderate the event, where he contacted Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman via telephone and agreed to participate. We also published an article leading up to the gathering as well as promoted it on social media. A third of those there participated with our assistance and per hours of community organizing).
Judge Capers spoke at Friday's event, among others.
Held at the University Circle Bed and Breakfast on the city's east side the evening was replete with hors d'oeuvres and jazz music from the band of Councilman Kevin Conwell, also a drummer.
Other Cleveland councilpersons there were Jeff Johnson, T.J. Dow and Zack Reed.
Community activists in attendance include Marva Patterson, David Patterson, Valerie Robinson, Dr. Stewart Robinson, Ada Averyhart, the Rev Pamela Pinkney -Butts, Genevieve Mitchell, and William Clarence Marshall and Erica Conner.
Mitchell is also museum board member as are board president John A. Boyd, Mae Williams, Dr. Saul Ivy, Theodore Guerry of Black on Black Crime Inc., and Mestophia Frame.
Formerly the Afro-American Cultural and Historical Society Museum the African-American Museum of Cleveland, located on Crawford Road in Cleveland Ward 7 on the city's largely Black east side, it was founded in 1953 by the late Icabod Flewellen and is housed in a 100-year-old Carnegie Library building. "
The museum is temporarily closed due to a lack resources and because the building is in dire need of repairs. It closed in 2011 but has had some events off and on until it was shut down completely last year.