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Plans for Paula Deen museum underway

6:56 AM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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In Albany, plans for a Paula Deen museum are underway. Albany is Deen's hometown, and she lived there for the first 30 years of her life.

Despite the national controversy involving Deen admitting that in a deposition that she used the 'n-word,' organizers say it hasn't affected the plans for the museum.

The museum could be located on Roosevelt Street. BJ Fletcher, the president of the board of the museum, said they plan to move Deen's childhood home and use it as the museum.

"We have purchased her home that she was raised in and she's got 90 percent of the same furnishing," said Fletcher. "When you walk into this house, you're going to see how Paula Deen lived."

Fletcher said the national controversy has increased interest in the work of the museum.

"We always knew that we are going to be looking for investors, we hadn't even gotten to that stage yet but we have been pounded with people that want to send donations to get this thing up and going," said Fletcher.

Judy Sherling, a board member of the Paula Deen museum, said they haven't started to accept donations for the museum because they are still setting up the organization that will manage the museum.

Fletcher said they don't have a date yet when the museum will be complete.


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