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Submitted by Allyson Lorick on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 6:46am.

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will celebrate the grand opening of its new wing with a 24-hour opening of the Nature Research Center in Raleigh. The event begins at 4 p.m. Friday with music from the Shaw University Jazz Band. At 4:30 p.m., dancers from the African-American Dance Ensemble will be among those participating in a procession from the Governor's Mansion. The opening ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the 80,000-square-foot center. Actor Ira David Wood III and Chuck Davis, founder of the African-American Dance Ensemble, will officiate. After the opening ceremony, the center will be open for tours around the clock until 4 p.m. Saturday. The event ends at 5 p.m. Saturday with an invitation to citizens to personally engage with science. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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