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Dominion donates $500K to Va. black history museum

Friday - 5/24/2013, 8:10am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Dominion Resources is making the largest ever private-sector donation to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( ) the $500,000 donation will be announced at a ceremony in Richmond on Friday.

The donation puts the museum above the $3 million mark in its goal of raising $13 million to restore and move into the Leigh Street Armory. The armory was built in 1895 as the state's only armory for an all-black militia. It's also the oldest surviving armory in the state.

The $13 million goal also includes money for maintenance and to create new exhibits.

Construction is expected to begin in 2015 and will take about 18 months.

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