An African-American cultural center that is home to more than a century of Dalton history faces closure, but a host of volunteer board members and staff are doing all they can to keep it open.

The Emery Center needs $90,000 by the end of the year to pay for city-mandated building improvements, including a new heating and air-conditioning system and a new roof. Without the repairs, city inspectors have said they may close the building.

An anonymous donor has agreed to match up to $40,000 in contributions to the museum, said facility director Curtis Rivers. And the museum has created a business plan and is working to develop a relationship with the Smithsonian.

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