National Civil Rights Museum Re-Opens

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 photo by Gov. Bill Haslam, Flickr

Just as the Lorraine Motel was reborn in 1991 as a shrine to hope, it rises once again. The National Civil Rights Museum closed its doors for over a year to undergo a $28-million makeover. It re-opened April 4th with 52,000 square feet of new exhibit space. Memphis soul singer Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) wrote a new song to commemorate the event.

The world-class museum now has a greater emphasis on the struggles and sacrifices of ordinary people. Key exhibits like the sanitation workers strike feature interactive displays that put you into moments from history.


photo by Adam Jones, Ph.D., Wikimedia Commons

The National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN 38103 Phone: (901) 521-9699
www.civilrightsmuseum.org/

Memphis TV news stations covered the Breaking the Chains re-opening ceremony and got reaction from people from all walks of life.

WPTY – ABC
http://www.localmemphis.com/story/d/story/breaking-the-chains-at-the-national-civil-rights-m/12208/oPdYXZw6T0Cm0y-WvjqhKQ

WREG – CBS
http://wreg.com/2014/04/05/renovated-national-civil-rights-museum-now-open/

WMC – NBC
http://www.wmctv.com/story/25172606/national-civil-rights-museum-reopens-doors?autostart=true

WHBQ – Fox
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/video?clipId=10019910&autostart=true#axzz2yQuuqbv6


photo by Adam Jones, Ph.D., Wikimedia Commons

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