After years of talk, delays, a lack of money and lots of wheel-spinning, the African-American Cultural Garden project in Rockefeller Park is finally underway.

Mayor Frank Jackson joined a host of civic and community leaders in a ceremonial groundbreaking for phase one of the more than $2 million project.

The garden will join those of 31 other national groups making up Cleveland’s melting pot.

The African-American community is more than 53 percent of Cleveland’s population, according to the last census.

The idea for a garden project dates back to the late 1970’s.

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