FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2010 file photo, Leslie Pierce looks at a photo at an exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. The Freedom Center is merging with the Cincinnati Museum Center in an effort to prevent the civil rights institution from closing its doors. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Cara Owsley, File) Mandatory Credit
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Museum Center and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are merging in an effort to prevent the civil rights institution from closing its doors.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/yzhIOz) Tuesday that the merger will allow the Freedom Center to close a $1.5 million annual budget hole and the Museum Center to increase efforts to pay $8 million debt. About 15 jobs will be eliminated.
The Museum Center houses a history museum, a children’s museum and a natural history and science museum. The Freedom Center will be its fourth wholly owned subsidiary.
Freedom Center officials cut full-time employees from 120 to 34 and said last year that it might have to close by the end of 2012. The Museum Center employs 300.
Both will stay in their current locations.