Mo­town Mu­seum to break ground on ex­pan­sion

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The Mo­town Mu­seum has sched­uled a cer­e­mo­nial ground­break­ing to ex­pand the Detroit build­ing where Berry Gordy Jr. built his mu­sic em­pire.

The event is set for Sun­day morn­ing dur­ing a week­end of events mark­ing the com­pany’s 60th an­niver­sary. Artists and dig­ni­taries are ex­pected to at­tend.

Gordy re­cently an­nounced plans to donate $4 mil­lion to­ward the project in­cor­po­rat­ing in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, a per­for­mance theater and record­ing stu­dios.

Gordy launched Mo­town in 1959, moved it to Los An­ge­les in 1972 and sold it in 1988. His late sis­ter, Es­ther Gordy Ed­wards, founded the mu­seum in the for­mer “Hitsville U.S.A.” head­quar­ters on West Grand Boule­vard in 1985.

Mo­town’s ros­ter from the Detroit era in­cluded The Supremes, the Mir­a­cles, Martha and the Van­del­las, Marvin Gaye, Ste­vie Wonder, the Jack­son 5, the Four Tops and Temp­ta­tions.

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