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Anonymous donor to help group buy Slave Theater

Friday, October 05, 2012

The deadline has come and gone for the Kickstarter fund-raising campaign to buy the Slave Theater in Brooklyn.

The New Brooklyn Theater Group in Bedford Stuyvesant wants to buy the building and convert it into a performing arts center.

They needed $200,000.

The campaign ended at 10 p.m Thursday, and the group had only raised $40,000 when an anonymous donor came forward to help them purchase the building.

The donor is a community member who understands the importance of the theater for the neighborhood and pledged to help them buy the property at auction on November 5.

The theater fell into disrepair and has been sitting vacant.

In it's heyday, Judge John Phillips had murals painted throughout, depicting proud moments in black history.

The judge's estate owns the theater and is willing to sell.

The New Brooklyn Theater Group wants to build a three-stage theater and convert the lobby into a cafe and art gallery.

Now, because Kickstarter did not meet it's goal, backers will not be charged for their donations.

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