On Thursday night, Charleston County Council members unanimously approved a motion to commit $5 million in funding for new plans to build a proposed Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point.
Plans to build the museum fell through in 2018 after the termination of a lease between the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation and the Patriots Point Development Authority.
Now, a new group called the National Medal of Honor Heritage Foundation is making an effort to build a smaller $35 million museum in the same location.
Chairman of the new organization Tommy McQueeney said part of the problem with the previous effort was the size of the project.
“One of the problems before was they had this monster museum being built that was $120 million, $150 million, some crazy numbers,”said McQueeney. “I think people can understand building a very pragmatic museum that does the job.”
The $5 million in funding in Charleston county is planned to distributed over the next years and is contingent upon the state contributing $5 million to the project and the Town of Mount Pleasant providing $3 million dollars. McQueeny said the new foundation plans to raise the other funding through private and corporate fundraising.
In addition to the $35 million to build the museum, McQueeny said that the organization will need $10 million for displays, furnishings and sustainability funds.
If the museum is not built, all funding will be returned.
“A museum or your money back,” said McQueeney.
The group is hoping to build the museum within the next three years.
To learn more about the National Medal of Honor Heritage Foundation, visit its website: https://nmoh-hf.org/