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Memphis, Tennessee
A Museum for Civil Rights in Memphis
A Museum for Civil Rights in Memphis

Statues in the National Civil Rights Museum represent African American men in protest. Image courtesy of the National Civil Rights Museum.

In Memphis’s Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered, the National Civil Rights Museum honors his legacy by telling the story of the Civil Rights Movement and the economic and social inequalities that gave rise to it. The museum reopened in 2014 after a massive renovation. The new 14,500-square-foot permanent exhibition, which the NEH helped fund with a public programs grant, tells the story of resistance—beginning with resistance to slavery and continuing through the Montgomery bus boycott in the 1950s, the student sit-ins and the freedom riders of the 1960s, and the Black Power movement. Through a challenge grant, which has helped the museum raise an additional $2.25 million, the NEH supported the creation of an endowment for ongoing programming that promotes understanding of the Civil Rights Movement.

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