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Kids, adults protest closing historic site


As the State Secretary of Cultural Resources pulled into the parking lot, the kids were already chanting, "Keep Polk open!"

Secretary Susan Kluttz came to the James K. Polk Historic Site today to hear concerns from people who argue it should stay open. "We're preserving the past and where else are we going to preserve it where it's so authentically displayed?" said Polk supporter Audrey Mellichamp.

Governor McCrory announced in March, his budget plans to cut funding and close the Polk site and 3 others around the state. Secretary Kluttz said it was a difficult decision to make, "We really didn't have anywhere to cut in our program except for people and programs and sites."

A group has launched an online petition site to protest the proposed Polk site closing, you can find that info here.

Kluttz says the site will not be closed for good. She says it will go dormant and closed to the public but still be maintained. When money is available in the future, Kluttz says state leaders would consider re-opening it.

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