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    Discovering Civil Rights History

    At the National Civil Rights Museum, walk through centuries of history and interact with the past as you learn about the worldwide influence of the American Civil Rights Movement. The museum, actually a collection of sites and structures important to the movement, offers a one-of-a-kind experience that traces civil rights from our country’s beginnings to the present day.

    Your visit begins at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot as he stood on the motel’s balcony outside room 306.

    Next, stop at the Legacy Building across from the Lorraine Motel (the site from which Dr. King’s assassin allegedly fired his shot). Here, you’ll find a timeline of the fight for civil rights in America that stretches from 1619 to 1968 and includes a closer look at Dr. King’s assassination and its global impact.

    The museum also features 260 artifacts and more than 40 interactive stations where visitors can view films and listen to oral histories. Permanent exhibits span five centuries and include slavery in America (1619-1861), student sit-ins (1960), the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956), Freedom Rides (1961) and Black Power.



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