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ATLANTA (AP) – The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons donated $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand.
Arthur Blank’s family foundation announced the gift to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday.
The vast majority of the money will fund a new, three-story west wing at the downtown Atlanta museum. The space will include space to educate visitors about lynching.
The remaining $2 million will be used to fund storytelling and other projects that connect the history of racial injustice to contemporary challenges. Blank co-founded Home Depot Inc. He bought the Falcons in 2002 and also owns the Atlanta United soccer team.