By Katie BowermanIndependent writerJune 28, 2018At least 40 South Carolina museums have received a notice from the South Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DECOR) that their permits to host exhibits have expired.
The museums will be forced to move their exhibitions to other locations and will be responsible for the cost of moving.
DECOR said the move is necessary to prevent the loss of historic property.
The state’s Department of Archives and History says it is the first time in more than a century that the department has issued a public notice to a museum.
Museums in the South have been the focus of the 2016 shooting at the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were killed and dozens more injured.
Since then, the Charleston Police Department and federal authorities have been investigating the events.
The U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general have also been investigating whether the events were racially motivated.
The Charleston Museum’s website said its exhibitions were held in different locations during the past five years and are currently undergoing a complex renovation.
A notice of expiry issued last week by DECOR says the museum will be relocated to a new site, but a statement from DECOR did not say when.
DECOOR has asked for public comment on the notice, which was posted online Tuesday.DECOR has said it is looking at all potential relocation options.
A DECOR spokesperson said the state will continue to provide assistance to the museums affected by this decision.
The notice did not mention a specific date for the relocation.
Museum spokesman Matt Matson said the city of South Carolina has asked that DECOR reconsider the move and provide an alternative location for the museum.
The city has not said when the museum might be moved.
“The museum is working with DECOR to determine a safe, appropriate location,” Matson wrote in an email to the AP.
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DECOR will work with the museum and the public to make sure that the museum continues to have the resources it needs to continue to serve the community.”
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