Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is donating $4 million toward the Motown Museum expansion project, which was officially announced in 2016.
The Detroit museum was originally founded in the Motown Records headquarters on West Grand Boulevard in 1985 by Gordy's late sister, Esther Gordy Edwards. The museum expansion plans aim to create a 50,000 square-foot multi-media attraction, which will include interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail area, and meeting spaces.
“I’m excited about the future of Motown Museum and happy to support it,” Gordy said in a release. “Not only will the expanded museum entertain and tell the stories of talented and creative people who succeeded against all odds, but it will also inspire and create opportunity for people to explore their dreams the way I did mine. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of that.”
Robin Terry, Motown Museum CEO and Gordy’s grand-niece, said that his donation “advances our vision of making the expanded museum a world class entertainment and educational destination that will ensure the inspiration of Motown lives on for generations to come.”
Expansion details, such as the groundbreaking and construction date, have yet to be announced.
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Article image: Berry Gordy photographed in 1996 in Washington, D.C. (John Mathew Smith-Kingkongphoto & celebrity-photos.com [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)