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Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

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Address: 460 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, A short walk from Savannah's Visitors Center, Savannah, GA 31401
Phone Number: +1 912-231-8900
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum captures the Civil Rights...

The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum captures the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah. See a Timeline of Civil Rights History that begins in 1865. Read the story of the Father of modern Civil Rights movement in Savannah, Reverend Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert who reorganized the local chapter of the NAACP in the 1940s segregated South. His successor Westley Wallace Law led the Civil Rights Movement, in Savannah, through the turbulent 1960s with nonviolent protests that resulted in the downtown businesses in the city of Savannah being desegregated by 1963. Visitors to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum also experience a "church theatre" which symbolizes the church organization and NAACP working in tandem to make the Savannah Civil Right movement a success. In the theatre guests watch a video that is a window into that history from the men and women who were on the front lines of Savannah's Civil Rights Movement.

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We learned a lot about the history of Civil Rights in Savannah. The short video was informative as were the many displays. We will certainly return to this fine museum.The staff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We learned a lot about the history of Civil Rights in Savannah. The short video was informative as were the many displays. We will certainly return to this fine museum.The staff was wondefful, too. They were not only accommodating, but were happy to show us around and answer questions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I found it very enlightening and informative. The staff were very knowledgeable and hands on. A must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Coming from Sydney, Australia - can't say we were too familiar with the subject, and the lady who showed us around was amazing. Very interesting historic content, anything but boring for our teenage daughters (admittedly not great lovers of history). Quite an eye opener; with an engaging presentation, warm atmosphere and abundance of interesting facts about the civil rights movement... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Although small, the museum has several key exhibits and documents that shed light on little-known information. The highlight was the 15-minute film on the second floor and having the knowledgeable docent answer our questions. Definitely worth the walk to the edge of town to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Visited on a rainy Wednesday afternoon and was not offered option of tour guide for the museum. On the top floor is a very informative video about the fight for civil rights in Savannah and the boycott of local stores. Downstairs there was a very short history of events leading up to the civil rights movement. The museum is small,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

My 16 year old son summed it up best. We are all human beings, I don't understand!!!! Glad I have raised him not to be racist. Proud of him understanding we are all equal. The video is great. There isn't a tour guide. Some of the exhibit buttons don't work which is a shame, but a civil rights museum is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

Visited the Civil Rights Museum excited to learn about Savannah from an African American perspective. Very small self guided tour of about 2 floors of what seems to be the same information. We were able to watch about a 20 min video about the civil rights movement in Savannah which was a little outdated but interesting. The charge was $10... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We were not too familiar with the Civil Rights issues so this taught us a lot. A little way from the main town but worth the walk do Martin Luther King Jr. Bvl. Watched a short video and then wandered around the 4 story museum. We know a lot more now - thank you.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

The museum overall was informative for the most part. On the other hand the selected push button announcement didn't work that was station at some parts of he museum. So I couldn't get what the actual feel what the sites. I think most of everything I needed to know from the 15 minute video at the check in point. It's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Very informative, displays are excellent. Short movie in the beginning is very good, gives full description of what went on during this time, as well as interviews with some of the individuals involved with the "sit-ins", the civil rights marches.

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