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Purdue Black Cultural Center recognized as a Distinctive Destination

The Black Cultural Center is one of only six locations in Indiana with the recognition.

Posted: Apr 1, 2019 5:35 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue's Black Cultural Center has joined a select group of sites recognized as a Distinctive Destination.

The designation is given by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to sites illustrating parts of America's history.

207 sites have been recognized across the nation since the program began in October of last year. The Black Cultural Center is one of only six locations in Indiana with the recognition.

Renee Thomas is the director of the BCC. She hopes the distinction will help draw new visitors to West Lafayette.

"We hope that others not only here in the Lafayette and Greater Lafayette community will visit us, but that we will be attractive to others throughout the country,” said Thomas.

Thomas also said the center is honored to receive such recognition.

"The fact that we are one of six in the state of Indiana really classifies us in a very unique and proud position,” said Thomas.

The center is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The center and its exhibits are open to the public daily during business hours.

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