To chronicle key episodes of the American civil rights movement and inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts around the globe.
About the Organization:
After Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1968, the motel's owner, Walter Lane Bailey, maintained two rooms as a shrine to King, eventually reaching out to others in the community to help establish the site as a civil rights memorial. The National Civil Rights Museum finally opened in the Lorraine Motel building in 1991 and has welcomed more than five million visitors since then.
The museum houses a number of permanent exhibits chronicling major civil rights events, including the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case, the Montgomery bus boycott, and the 1963 march on Washington, as well as rotating exhibits on such topics as the black experience during the Vietnam War. The museum also sponsors the Freedom Awards program, which honors individuals who have influenced civil and human rights through acts of humanitarianism, philanthropy, and activism.
The National Civil Rights Museum Web site offers a directory of community civil rights organizations in the area, educational resources for students and teachers, and information on how to donate or become a member.
The National Civil Rights Museum receives funding from memberships, donations from individuals, and grants from foundations and government.