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A Michael Jordan museum will open in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, NC- FEBRUARY 12: Owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, hosts a press conference for media before NBA All-Star Weekend at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 12, 2019. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

The most renowned athlete to come out of North Carolina will be honored with a dedicated museum.

What’s happening: New Hanover County announced today plans to celebrate the Michael Jordan family with a standalone museum in downtown Wilmington.

Why it matters: Jordan is a North Carolina legend. He went to high school in Wilmington (where he originally didn’t make the varsity team). In 1982, he led UNC to a national championship. He owned the Charlotte Hornets for 13 years.

  • He’s gifted $17 million to Novant Health for two affordable “Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinics” in Charlotte and to open two more in Wilmington.

[Go deeper: Michael Jordan to sell his majority stake in the Hornets to buyers that includes J. Cole, Eric Church]

Details: Jordan’s mother signed a memorandum of understanding with New Hanover County to start planning the museum, StarNews reported.

  • The museum will be part of Project Grace, the redevelopment of a New Hanover County-owned block where the library is, not far from the Riverwalk.
  • It will exhibit “objects associated with Michael Jordan’s career and the Jordan Family’s legacy,” according to WECT.
  • It’s unclear how the museum will be funded and when it will open, Wilmington Business Journal noted.
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