We've all heard that the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a great success! Like so many stories run by the lazy, local, propaganda papers, though, the truth is much differnt than the reports.
Freedom Center trims $2 million, cuts jobs
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center said Friday it would reduce expenses by $2 million, freeze hiring, and cut 15 positions.
"All non-profits --- and the Freedom Center is no exception --- face increasing competition for financial support in Cincinnati and across the nation," said Freedom Center CEO Spencer Crew.
"In such an environment, efficient operations are critical. We are addressing that challenge by reducing expenses and expanding our fundraising and program development efforts as part of our strategic plan for 2006 and beyond."
The year-old museum will still have 83 employees, he said.
The museum had more than 280,000 visitors in its first year, exceeding its goals.
"Members are renewing at a strong rate, and advanced bookings for school and tour groups in the fall look very good," Crew said. (source)
Like many of the numbers we've seen from the Slave Center, I think the attendence numbers presented here are misleading. How many of those 280,000 people actually paid to visit the Center? It might be time for the deceptive downtown cheerleaders to tell us all again just how fantastic and full of life downtown is. Be positive. Be positive. Be positive!