02/10/2013 11:40 am ET

DuSable Museum's Attendance Fell 36 Percent In 2012

Attendance at the DuSable Museum of African American History fell 36 percent in 2012 over the previous year — the largest drop of any major museum in Chicago last year, recently released data shows.

A banner year in 2011, when the museum was a lecture site for Chicago Ideas Week and a stop on the national Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Table of Brotherhood” discussion tour made it difficult for 2012 to match, says Carol L. Adams, the museum’s president and chief executive officer. And last fall’s Chicago Public Schools teachers’ strike hurt attendance at the museum in Washington Park on Chicago’s South Side.

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