New funding gets Tubman closer to goal

The Tubman African American Museum announced Wednesday four new pledges and gifts totaling $365,000 toward the completion of a new museum.

The museum has raised almost $3.5 million of its $8.5 million goal.

The gifts and pledges, ranging from $40,000 to $200,000, are from New Jersey-based E.J. Grassmann Trust, Atlanta-based James M. Cox Foundation, BB&T bank and the Tubman Torchbearers, according to a news release.

The money will go toward completing the 49,000-square-foot Tubman museum that sets unfinished on Cherry Street in downtown Macon.

Karen Anne Briggs has accepted the position of capital campaign director and will oversee fundraising, the Tubman announced.

In addition, the Tubman has launched a redesigned Web site, www.tubmanmuseum.com, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.