CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say attendance at Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History dropped 36 percent in 2012 compared to the year before.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/XmXtz1) that 2011 was a big year for the museum on Chicago's South Side. It was a lecture site for Chicago Ideas Week and a stop on a national Martin Luther King Jr. discussion tour.
Carol Adams is the museum's president and chief executive office. She says those factors made it difficult to match 2011 attendance figures. She also blames the Chicago Public Schools teachers' strike in Chicago last fall. She says students are the primary visitors to the museum.
Attendance was more than 102,000 people last year, down from more than 161,000 the year before. In 2010, the museum had roughly 134,000 visitors.