Ga. Museum Denies Entry Because of Wheelchair

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Charlotte, N.C. couple says their 11-year-old daughter was told she couldn't use her wheelchair at a Savannah museum because it would get the carpet dirty.

Stephen Haas tells WTOC-TV a woman at the front desk of the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum told him and his wife their daughter, Lexie, could instead use a museum-owned wheelchair, or watch television while the rest of the family walked through the exhibits Sunday.

Lexie, who is unable to sit up on her own, was unable to use the museum's wheelchair because it was not equipped with straps needed to secure her.

Museum curator Wendy Melton says the employee misunderstood the museum's policy on wheelchair use and the museum's director is writing a letter of apology to the family.

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Information from: WTOC-TV, http://www.wtoctv.com/

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