Williamson County pledges $100K to restore Dickey Museum & Multipurpose Center in Taylor

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With $100,000 from the Williamson County Commissioners Court, the Dickey Museum and Multipurpose Center in Taylor is one step closer to undergoing restoration.

The court approved an agreement last week to transfer money from the Williamson County Landfill Community Recreational Facility Fund.

The restoration project, which first broke ground in January 2016, will cost more than $500,000 and will help the center provide information about African-Americans and the contributions they made to the city of Taylor and the United States. The center will also teach African-American history through interactive and engaging exhibits.

Officials from the center said they are still in the fundraising stage of the project, but expect to start construction in September. Donations can be made on the center's website.

The master site plan includes theater space, a meeting room, a wellness center, a mediation area, playscape, basketball courts and a trail surrounding the museum that will connect to the city’s hiking and biking trail, according to the county.

The museum is the former home of Dr. James Dickey, a pioneer in the areas of wellness, recreation, community and diversity among the African-American community in Taylor during the mid-1900s.

The Dickey House, located at East Fifth and Murphy streets, was approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in September 2016.


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