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A Black History museum complicates the culture-spending debate in Miami-Dade


The question of a Cuban Exile museum prompted sharp debate this summer on the Miami-Dade commission, where ethnic tensions sometimes thrust themselves onto the agenda. Now comes a new request from the commission's senior African-American member: a Black History museum on prime Miami waterfront, possibly built with county funds. 

It's a proposal that touches on an ongoing controversy, as Mayor Carlos Gimenez tries to shift hotel taxes from an art museum to pay for police salaries. And it's sure to present commissioners with another debate over celebrating the many layers of Miami-Dade's history.

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