ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There was more drama Tuesday from the Zoo-Museum District (ZMD), the board that allocates $70 million in taxpayer money for the area’s cultural institutions.

Three reformers on the board walked out, hoping to rob the board of a quorum just before it voted on giving the Missouri History Museum $450,000 in taxpayer money.

One of the walkouts, Charlie Valier, says they had a good reason to walk out.

“There’s a grand jury investigation into the activities of the History Museum. Until the grand jury gets through and either issues indictments or submits a report, we don’t know the extent of the wrongdoing,” he said. “The rumors are that there are some things that we have not previously discovered that are under investigation.”

History Museum President Robert Archibald stepped down in December after two dozen years as the museum’s leader. He faced controversy over a land deal and his own six-figure salary.

Tuesday, the remaining four board members were able to get an absent member, Bob Lowery, on the phone.

Lowery, the former Mayor of Florissant, gave them the quorum and the vote they needed to give the History Museum the money.

The board also approved $450,000 for the Missouri Botanical Garden.


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