But five decades of protest can get a bit demoralizing.
"Rather than being against things all the time, I wanted to do something positive and not just wallow in all that negative energy," said Junker, 76, a longtime Quaker who lives near
For Junker, it was a natural fit. The retired architect specialized in museum planning and design; he designed
But now, Junker and a bevy of prominent peacemakers -- consultants include
Over the next year, they'll plot everything from exhibits and educational offerings to fundraising and finances, said
They're also already scouting locations, hoping to land a spot near
The goal: To open a brick-and-mortar museum with a far-reaching online presence by 2020.
Supporters want to create a place where visitors can not only learn about peace -- they'll also be able to work toward it. Preliminary plans include space and training for conflict resolution.
That's key in a city where street violence has made a mockery of our moniker, the City of Brotherly Love, Junker added.
"We have a city that's rife with violence. It wouldn't be credible for us if we didn't take stock of what's happening in our own city," Junker said. "We want to offer people resources that will help bring violence in our city down."
"We have hundreds of museums [in
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