Council questions loan to civil rights museum

The Associated Press

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GREENSBORO — City council members are questioning why Greensboro loaned $750,000 to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum last year but didn’t get a signed contract until this week.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported that the lack of a signed contract came to light Friday when council member Tony Wilkins asked to see a copy of it.

The city gave the museum the first half $1.5 million in forgivable loans in October to help the financially failing museum. City Manager Jim Westmoreland says the city received a signed copy of the contract Friday afternoon.

Council members also recently learned that the museum failed to turn over a 2012 audit to the city by Jan. 1, a requirement of the $750,000 loan.