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Demolition begins for Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Demolition begins for Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Demolition on the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on the University of Illinois campus started Wednesday.

It will take two days for crews to demo the building, then construction on the new building will begin. It's expected to open next February.

The center provides a network of programs and student organizations that focus on the cultural, social and academic well-being of African American students.

"Just like any of the other cultural centers that we have on campus, it really provides a place for students to come and learn about themselves, learn about the intersectionality of who they are as individuals and provide education to the broader campus,” Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Gigi Secuban said.

Right now the culture center is using an office on Gregory Drive. The $5.5 million center is being funded by the university.

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