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Realizing The Triumphs, And Many Trials, Of The August Wilson Center

Keith Srakocic
People walk past the August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Pittsburgh.

When the August Wilson Center for African American Culture opened in 2009, there was hope and optimism about a rich community asset in the heart of Downtown, but financial troubles plagued the development from the start, leading to bankruptcy and nearly foreclosure. 

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A foundation-led coalition purchased the building in 2014 and temporarily turned over its operations to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. President and CEO Janis Burley Wilson, who took charge just over one year ago, says the August Wilson Center is back on the road to fulfilling its original optimism. 

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Megan Harris is a writer, editor, photographer and curator for Pittsburgh's NPR News station. She leads editorial coverage for The Confluence, 90.5 WESA's live, one-hour, daily morning news show.
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