Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse wants to dissolve the National Civil War Museum after corruption charges were filed against the former mayor of Pennsylvania’s capital city.
Pennlive.com reports court records released Tuesday allege that former Mayor Stephen Reed diverted money from the former Harrisburg Authority to fund museum projects under the guise of “administrative fees.”
Papenfuse said the Civil War museum “stands as a monument to corruption” and its assets need to be liquidated to help pay down Harrisburg’s debt.
The city owns the museum building and its artifacts. Although the structure itself is located in a city park, the museum is run by a nonprofit organization.
Papenfuse said he hopes board members agree to dissolve the museum, but legal action would be considered if they decline.