Orlando museum reclaims 'magic' after basketball memorabilia stolen

Wells' Built Museum of African American History and Culture burglarized

The Orlando Magic made a donation to a local black history museum to replace items stolen during a burglary.

ORLANDO, Fla. – After being burglarized in February, the Wells' Built Museum, which sits in the shadows of the Amway Center in the Parramore neighborhood, received a new set of Orlando Magic memorabilia to display inside. 

Elizabeth Thompson, the museum's director, said someone broke through one of the museum's front doors earlier this year to steal valuable jerseys and autographs, items that highlighted important players and moments in the franchise's history. 

"It was honestly very discouraging," she said. 

With the help of the Orlando Magic, the museum of African American History and Culture has new mementos to honor the franchise, including jerseys, pictures and pennants signed by prominent players such as Shaquille O'Neal, Grant Hill, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard and the team's first draft pick in franchise history, Nick Anderson. 

"Hopefully this can mend the broken heart," Anderson said. 

Several of Anderson's personal mementos were among the items stolen. 

"You just don't touch history," he said. "One of my original jerseys, a pair of my sneakers, it was a part of history. It meant something to me." 

Police are still searching for the person responsible for breaking into the museum, which has since installed cameras and a new security system. 

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It has been an absolute pleasure for Clay LePard living and working in Orlando since he joined News 6 in July 2017. Previously, Clay worked at WNEP TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he brought viewers along to witness everything from unprecedented access to the Tobyhanna Army Depot to an interview with convicted double-murderer Hugo Selenski.