Tourism Officials Vow to Save Music Hall of Fame

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – The neon lights have been turned off, the grass has grown up, and the front doors remain locked.

Elected leaders want to reopen the doors to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and stop the movement to transfer it somewhere else.

In an effort to do so, local governments are banding together by passing proclamations declaring their desire to keep the museum in place.

Since late last year the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia has stood vacant.

Board members of the hall of fame said the closure is the result of being left out of the state’s general fund budget.

“It’s very disheartening to see the way it looks unkempt, and we just need to something about that,” explained Susann Hamlin, Executive Director of the Colbert County Tourism office.

According to Hamlin, her board of directors are spear-heading the campaign by local governments, imploring the governor’s office to give funding back to the museum.

“We have another plan, a business plan, that we will be sending to the governor as well,” said Hamlin. “Making sure that he understands the importance of the connection of Muscle Shoals music, and what it means to our state, and what the music heritage of our state means to the entire state.”

Susann Hamlin hopes their efforts will be enough to halt the hall of fame board of directors from moving the exhibits to another part of the state.

She says there is no other place in Alabama that the musical heritage is more profound than in the Shoals.

The city councils of Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield have all passed proclamations at this point expressing their desire to keep the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia.

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