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National Civil Rights Museum
National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

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450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 521-9699
http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/
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While at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, you can honor brave activists and the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can learn about the civil rights movement through exhibits like “ ... Read more
Montgomery Bus Boycott,” “Exploring the Legacy,” “For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights," and “Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike”. Remember the struggle of brave civil rights activists when you see the square of concrete on the balcony that once contained Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s blood when he was assassinated on that spot. Leave the camera at home; you cannot take photographs in the museum.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Incredibly well done. Don't miss it. As important of a museum as we can have in the United States.

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A can't-miss experience! Walk through the history of the slave trade to post Civil-rights era. See how MLK Jr. and other leaders made a change for the future. A must for everyone.

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Located in the former Lorraine Motel, an upscale motel that catered to African-Americans in the 1960's, this self-guided museum is life changing. Topics vary from slavery to Post-Obama era and former guests included musical legends such as Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Aretha Franklin, Ethel Waters, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers and Wilson Pickett. If you plan on checking out the museum, make sure you have at least three hours to be able to fully enjoy everything.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

A small info packed museum near the heart of downtown. This is one of the cities best highlights and should not be missed. If you are here in the summer, prepare for extreme heat.

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Southborough, Massachusetts

I've traveled all over the US and to many countries internationally. This is one of the best museums I've ever been to. Extraordinarily well presented - emotional, informative, interesting and educational. Every US citizen should visit this museum in my opinion.

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Just one block away, this recently renovated museum carries you through the history of the civil rights movement. Not to be missed, hit Central BBQ for lunch before or after right next door!

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This is my top pick of all the places to go in Memphis!! Buy your ticket, watch the film at the beginning, and enjoy your day! It's just a wonderful Memorial of our ongoing struggle with equality.

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Oh my. I am forever changed by what I saw and learned. So much history, almost too much for one day. It is very large and though well organized, I felt like I missed parts of some of the displays.

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Burns, Kansas

This place is literally right outside of the condo. Step out back and you're there.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA

We spent our first weekend seeing the city. We walked around Beale Street a bit before going to the Civil Rights Museum for a few hours. The Museum was really busy and we were in line, before and after we got our tickets, for quite a while. We had apparently picked the 47th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King to come to his place of death, the Hotel Loraine, which the museum is built off of. Despite the crowds we were able to see most of the displays in good time. I could have stayed there another 3 hours, soaking it all in. The quality of the displays and the vast array of personal accounts and information make any one visit incomplete, but it will affect your perspective on our country’s history nevertheless. Of all the displays, one thing that wasn’t part of the museum impacted me greatly, there were 2 old couples who had lived in the area all their lives reminiscning to one another..”do you remember when that happened? I remember” about incidents like lynchings and the burning bus of the freedom riders. The fact that these things have even happened in the lifetime of people who are sill alive proves how recent it all is, and how far we really have to go. It was an awesome and moving experience

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Put this at the top of your list. A detailed history of the civil rights movement.
Very moving. Dr. Kings room is left as it was the day he died.

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Local from Memphis, Tennessee

The National Civil Rights Museum is the site of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on human rights movements worldwide, through its collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs. It chronicles the civil rights movement from 1619 to 2000 with historical exhibits, including Room 306, the hotel room where Dr. King stayed in April of 1968. It also shows James Earl Ray's (Dr. King's shooter) location directly across the street from the motel.

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United States

A great place to learn a huge part of American history. This is the hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King was fatally shot.

"Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love
One more in the name of love"

Excerpt from U2's song called Pride (In the name of love)

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Rowlett, Texas

I have been to this museum 5 times. Each time I see something new! It is a must see.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

I never realized that Graceland was just down the street from where Martin Luther King, Jr was shot. I'm so glad I was able to stop by the museum I've heard so much about. A sense of sadness hits you as you walk up to the museum which on the outside still looks like the hotel MLK was staying at when he was shot just outside.

Once you are done with the hotel side, there is a second part of the tour that takes you across the street to the exact spot the shooter (James Earl Ray) was standing. It was pretty creepy BUT it did happen and we can't deny it.

Being there reminded me that though the world is far from perfect, we've come a long way.

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Saint Albans, United Kingdom

A great place to reflect on how far the world has come and how far we have left to go.

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Be prepared to shed some tears.

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Haddington, UK

Very interesting place to visit for the history

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North Madison, Ohio

Don't miss this!

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Charleston, West Virginia

Everyone should go.

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