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Boston Breaking Ground On New Tea Party Museum

BOSTON (AP) - Boston is breaking ground on a new museum to honor the original Boston Tea Party.

That's the one in December 1773 when Massachusetts colonists dumped tea into the harbor to protest a British tax over which they didn't have a vote.

City and state officials, including Mayor Thomas Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick are expected at the ceremony Tuesday at Fort Point Channel. An earlier museum there burned in 2001 after it was struck by lightning.

Griffin's Wharf, the original site of the tea party, was nearby on land that was later filled in for development.

The mayor's office says the city and state have approved a $3 million grant for the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and the state convention center authority has pledged an $18 million investment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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