This Memphis museum pays tribute to the many people involved in the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Built around the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in 1968, the museum chronicles the history of civil rights activities from the beginnings of slavery through the end of the 20th century.
Exhibits focus on such events as the Civil War, the Supreme Court decision to desegregate schools, the lunch counter sit-ins, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the March on Washington. Multimedia presentations and full-scale exhibits bring the civil rights movement to life for children. They'll see a public bus similar to the one ridden by Rosa Parks when she refused to move to the back seats, the burned shell of a freedom-ride Greyhound bus, and the actual motel room where Dr. King stayed before he was slain.
National Civil Rights Museum Information
Address: 450 Mulberry St., Memphis, TN
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wed. - Sat., Mon.; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sun.
Admission: $12 adults; $8.50 kids
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