The plans of the Central Carver District in Gadsden to add a new addition to Central Carver Museum came to fruition today with a reunion and ribbon-cutting. Community members came together for the grand opening of The Central- Carver Legacy Museum called the Bettye Jean Knowles Gallery, in honor of the museum’s director. Community leadership has been working on the extension for 10 years. And, the new facility will allow a larger display of items, room for a touring exhibit, and extra storage space. Gadsden city Mayor Sherman Guyton says the new construction is state of the art. According to Central Carver Foundation’s Fiscal Officer, Taylor Knowles III, the grand opening is an accomplishment that has been worth waiting for. The new museum that more than doubles the size of the old facility is located on Tuscaloosa Avenue at the location of the old Carver High School. The expansion also includes a conference room and an area dedicated to Jimmy Hood of Gadsden who was one of the first Black students to integrate the University of Alabama.