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Memorial, Museum Planned for Site of Pulse Nightclub

"It is a time for Pulse to contribute to the community in a permanent way, a healing way

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    Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma is creating the One Pulse Foundation to help raise funds for scholarships, continued care and a memorial for those killed and injured in the June 2016 shooting in Orlando, Florida.

    (Published Thursday, May 4, 2017)

    The owner of the Florida gay nightclub that was the site of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history announced plans for a memorial at the property on Thursday.

    Pulse owner Barbara Poma said she is creating a memorial and museum at the nightclub where 49 people were killed and dozens more were injured last June. She is also creating the One Pulse Foundation, to honor the victims, survivors and first responders, including scholarships in honor of those killed by gunman Omar Mateen.

    "This is more than just building a structure," Poma said, "the ultimate design and function will be decided by this community."

    Poma opened the nightclub in 2004 as a way to honor her brother, who died from AIDS.

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    President Barack Obama spoke about the deadly shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, calling Pulse more than a night club, but "a place of solidarity, empowerment, where people have come together, to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights."
    (Published Sunday, June 12, 2016)

    "I now know that my role is to ensure that Pulse becomes a place of healing," Poma said. "It is a time for Pulse to contribute to the community in a permanent way, a healing way."

    In the months after the massacre, the city of Orlando proposed buying the club for $2.25 million so it could be turned into a memorial. But Poma ultimately turned down that offer.