Cincinnati Freedom Center's outlook improves

CINCINNATI (AP) — A museum merger has meant a brighter outlook for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The long-struggling museum and information center on Cincinnati's riverfront united in July with the Cincinnati Museum Center. That has helped save money on shared operating costs, and also has rallied more community and outside support.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/WlVkBr ) that attendance is up, finances are solid, and the center is now looking at plans for improvements and expansion. Among possibilities are a major restaurant and showing theater offerings on outside walls. There could be enhanced exhibits with more storytelling and music.

The center is also expanding its international brand that links the story of the 19th century battle against slavery by African-Americans to contemporary global slavery and human trafficking.

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