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Upstate Giving, Dec. 2, 2019

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Greenville Revitalization Corp. gets grant

The Greenville Revitalization Corp. has received a $30,000 grant from the John I. Smith Charities to sponsor the building of the Textile Heritage Museum at the Greenville Textile Heritage Park. The John I. Smith Charities, established in 1985 in Greenville, gives primarily to higher education, human services and the arts.

The textile museum will double as a recreation space for the community, paying tribute to the area’s industrial past, while celebrating its developing future, according to a news release. The Greenville Revitalization Corp. has finished construction of the parking lot, the children’s playground and the Mill Walk at Textile Heritage Park.

“When GRC began this project, John I. Smith Charities was one of the first organizations to support our effort. We appreciate their continued support,” Doug Dent, CEO of Greenville Revitalization Corp., said in the release. “This grant will give us the opportunity to complete all the planning and begin construction on the museum/event center which is the final signature element of the Textile Heritage Park. Once completed, the park will be the only location in the Upstate with a comprehensive history of the textile industry and all the people who made Greenville County the textile capital of the world for over 100 years.”

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