The City Council voted last week to name the Freedom Center of Oklahoma City, LLC, as the operating partner for the Clara Luper Civil Rights Center, a MAPS 4 project.
Christina Beatty was named as project director of the non-profit.
The center will include interpretative exhibitions, community gathering places and educational programming.
The $26.8 million project includes operating and longterm maintenance funds.
“The facility will enhance the public’s understanding of the Oklahoma City Civil Rights Movement,” a statement said, “and the significant role local efforts played in ending segregationist policies nationally.”
“The Freedom Center of Oklahoma City, LLC., is a 501c3 non-profit organization established to educate, empower and enlighten the community to reflect on the past, present and future of the Civil Rights Movement of Oklahoma,” a news release said.
The Luper Center will not only preserve history, housing an archive for historic documents and artifacts, but will also be a relevant contemporary resource for youth and adults serving as a community gathering place where all are welcome,” said Christina Beatty, project director for the non-profit.
“The purpose of this significant center is to encourage continuous learning, foster civic engagement, build community and cultivate a sense of belonging.”
Construction on the center, to be built at NE 25th Street and Martin Luther King Avenue, will begin in the fall of 2024.