MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. -

A center devoted to studying genocide and the Holocaust may open soon at Muskegon Community College.

Muskegon's Shoah Remembrance Committee will use space on the MCC campus.

The Rev. Chris Anderson tells The Muskegon Chronicle that efforts aimed at starting a center remembering the genocide of Jewish people during World War II have been ongoing since 2006.

Local clergy have been working with MCC and the Muskegon school district to put on an annual program for students. A board will outline objectives for the center and build on existing community partnerships.

Anderson says Muskegon might seem like an unusual place for the center, given that the county doesn't have a large Jewish community or a university, but the remembrance committee has found grassroots support for their activities.