Senate approves $2 million for B.B. King museum

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Senate has approved a two million-dollar bond bill for the B.B. King Museum in Indianola.

The bill now goes to the House.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Tommy Robertson said the two million dollars would be the only state funds involved in the project. Local officials already have raised six million.

The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate even though the provision appears in another bond bill that is still alive.

Last year, lawmakers didn't approve a bond bill after the House and Senate couldn't agree on which projects they wanted to borrow money to fund.

Robertson said it's important that the two million dollars is approved this year because the museum is set to break ground June 30th.

The 18,000 square-foot B-B King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center will be built around a cotton gin where King once worked. The museum will showcase four phases of King's life, from his years in the Delta to the present. It's scheduled to open in 2007.

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