Memphis, TN, September 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – On September 25, the museum will host a free 30th Community Day to renew its commitment and once again thank the community. Thanks to FedEx, the free Saturday day will allow more families to experience the museum experience and learn more about how the museum came to be with a new 30th anniversary exhibit feature.
Typically, the museum holds its weekly Free Day for Tennessee residents only on Mondays, excluding holidays and special events, from 3:00 p.m. until closing. Although this special free day is open to all visitors, the museum has a special link that leads guests reserve their free passes in advance, up to four people per group.
In the 1980s, a community of people gave birth to the idea of ââa museum thanks to a fundraising campaign launched by the Lorraine Civil Rights Foundation (formerly Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation). The museum would not exist without the support of the Memphians who fought to save the Lorraine Motel and made the sacred place a world famous museum.
âWe thank FedEx for supporting Free Day at the National Civil Rights Museum,â said museum president Dr. Russell Wigginton. âTheir investment allows us to continue to share the powerful ongoing story of the struggle for civil and human rights and social justice in our country. “
The museum will also highlight its beginnings and developments in the exhibition NCRM @ 30: The Transformative Journey of the National Civil Rights Museum, which opened on September 25. Over the summer, the museum’s collections department accepted donations of artifacts from the public and staff to recognize the individuals who have contributed to its history and institutional legacy. The exhibit will include memorabilia, uniforms, photos and materials to illustrate how ordinary people continue to shape not only the museum, but our history.
The museum has grown considerably since 1991 with key milestones in its institutional history. In 2002, he acquired the infamous pension to expand his exhibits, including state prosecution evidence against James Earl Ray, who was convicted of King’s murderer. The National Museum of Civil Rights completed a $ 28 million renovation of its Lorraine exhibits in 2014 with interactive elements and enhancements that create a more powerful and transformative experience to immerse its visitors. In 2008 and 2018, the museum welcomed tens of thousands of visitors for the 40th and 50th anniversary of Dr King’s assassination during which it was the epicenter of global commemoration. Through his programs and events, he continues to position King’s perennial question: “Where do we go from here?” ”
Throughout this year, the museum will run a social media campaign targeting visitors, current and former employees and stakeholders who share their experiences of the museum. The public is invited to submit photos or videos of their favorite museum memory using the hashtag #MyNCRMStory. Submissions are accepted at museum site.
For more information on the free day and the museum’s 30th anniversary exhibit, visit civil rights museum.org.
About the National Civil Rights Museum
The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located in the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, provides a comprehensive overview of the American civil rights movement, from slavery to our days. Since the museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors have come from all over the world, including more than 90,000 student visits per year. The museum is steadfast in its mission to chronicle the American civil rights movement and tell the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights. It educates and serves as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change.
An affiliate of the Smithsonian and an internationally renowned cultural institution, the museum is recognized as a recipient of the 2019 National Medal by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the highest national honor for museums and libraries. This is a museum of the Top 5% of America by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, USA Today’s Top 10 Best Iconic American Attractions; Top 10 Best Historic Sites in the United States by TLC’s Family Travel; To be seen by the age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Memphis Top Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.
Connie Dyson National Civil Rights Museum 901-331-5460 [email protected]
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