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Posted on: December 14, 2023

New Hanover County Announces Partnership with the Jordan Family

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County, in collaboration with the Jordan Family, is set to enter a planning phase for a museum to honor Michael Jordan's Family in Wilmington, NC. This initiative aims to celebrate the Jordan Family and their achievements. 

The family’s relationship with the county’s Cape Fear Museum dates back to the 1980's with exhibits honoring Michael Jordan. This partnership is a next step to further share the family's journey and guiding values, celebrate the Jordan Family's achievements, and continue to inspire and impact Wilmington, North Carolina, and beyond. 

“Our community is steeped in history and while many famous families have roots here in New Hanover County, none are more notable than those connected to basketball’s biggest icon, Michael Jordan,” the New Hanover County Commissioners said in a joint statement. “We are excited to partner with the Jordan family to celebrate their legacy and highlight the global impact that started right here in Southeastern North Carolina.”

The museum partnership is proposed for the corner of Chestnut and 3rd streets in downtown Wilmington, which is part of the county’s Project Grace site redevelopment.

Chris Coudriet, New Hanover County Manager, commented on the project: "This partnership with the Jordan family represents an important opportunity for New Hanover County. It will help honor a notable figure and family, both locally and worldwide, and contribute to the cultural and educational landscape of our community. This is an exciting opportunity as part of our Project Grace redevelopment, and I look forward to our upcoming planning phase to learn more about what’s possible.” 

The county and Jordan family have entered into a memorandum of understanding that outlines the next steps of a planning phase, which will include schematic design as well as operational details of the partnership. Funding for this phase will be included as part of the overall Project Grace planning budget and is expected to occur in 2024. 

At the close of the planning phase, more details will be known and determined; and at that time, New Hanover County and the Jordan family will be able to share more information on possible next steps with the community. For more information about Project Grace and the redevelopment of the county owned block, please visit

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