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The National Civil Rights Museum is offering free admission on June 21, here’s why

The National Civil Rights Museum is not normally open on Tuesdays, but an exception will be made on Tuesday, June 21 – the day after June 19 is observed as a federal holiday.

On Tuesday, June 21, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN will not only be open, but in honor of what is being billed as “Freedom-Focused Community Day,” admission will be free. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The experience is an opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement and to remember the sacrifices of past generations that made way for the freedoms we enjoy today,” according to the National Civil Rights Museum.

The mission of the National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

“Through interactive exhibits, historical collections, dynamic speakers and special events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn about a tumultuous and inspiring time of change,” says the museum. .

This is possible because the museum features 260 artifacts, more than 40 films, oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts that visitors use to explore the story – “from the beginning of the resistance during the slavery, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, and the seminal events of the late 20th century that inspired people around the world to stand up for equality.Together, they provide insight into the American movement civil rights, from slavery to the present day.

The museum comprises two main buildings. The first is the Lorraine Building, which features films, oral histories, and interactive media, as well as artifacts and exhibits. The galleries of the Lorraine building are arranged in chronological order to tell the key episodes of the American civil rights movement.

The second building is the Legacy Building, formerly a boarding house from which the shot that killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is believed to have been fired. The second floor of the building documents the investigation into the assassination, the case against James Earl Ray, and the conspiracy theories arising from it. Its first-floor exhibits explain “the impact of the American civil rights movement on human rights efforts around the world and conclude with a call to action for all to carry on the legacy of the American civil rights movement. “.

Solidarity now! Poor Man’s Campaign of 1968

Free entry on Tuesday 21 June includes access to Solidarity now! Poor Man’s Campaign of 1968 exposure. The traveling exhibit, which was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, “sheds light on the often overlooked history of the multicultural movement that confronted poverty and redefined social justice and justice. activism in America. The National Civil Rights Museum explains.

“In the 1960s, as the United States became a global model of wealth and democracy, approximately 25 million Americans lived in poverty,” the museum explains. “From the elderly and underemployed to children and people with disabilities, poverty affects people of all races, ages and religions.”

The fight against poverty was King’s last move, so his wife, Coretta Scott King, and Ralph Abernathy launched the Poor People’s Campaign in his honor at the Lorraine Motel on May 2, 1968.

Thousands occupied a 15-acre ‘City of Hope’ between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for 6 weeks ‘to draw the nation’s attention to the crippling effects of poverty on million Americans. This protest site was called Resurrection City.

Solidarity now! The exhibition uses photographs, oral histories drawn from campaign participants and organizers, protest signs, political buttons and field audio recordings collected during the campaign to “explore the importance of tactics and the impact of this campaign.

The National Civil Rights Museum has issued a call for artifacts and oral history interviews with people who participated in the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign or people whose families were present during the campaign.

On June 21, the museum will record interviews on demand. Appointments can also be set for interviews. These stories can then be added to the museum’s collection and shared on the museum’s digital platforms while Solidarity Now! The exhibition is visible until July 31.

You can find out more about Solidarity Now! exhibit here.

You can learn more about the National Civil Rights Museum, including how to plan your visit, here.

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