09.04.2019

Berry Gordy reinvests in Detroit, donates $4 million to Motown Museum

Berry Gordy reinvests in Detroit, donates $4 million to Motown Museum Photo Courtesy Detroit Free Press

Berry Gordy is donating $4 million to the Motown Museum’s expansion campaign, officials announced Wednesday.

The money will help fund a targeted $50 million, 50,000-square-foot complex at the Hitsville, U.S.A., site on West Grand Boulevard, home of Motown’s original headquarters.

The gift is Gordy’s most significant known investment in Detroit since he uprooted Motown Records to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. By then he’d built the label into an industry powerhouse — the country’s biggest black-owned company — with homegrown stars such as Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Temptations.

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