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Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

460 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31401
912 231 8900
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Ranked #31 of 121 Attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This museum, named for an early Civil Rights leader, documents the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah.
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Not quite off the beaten track, but certainly on the outskirts of Savannah's historic district, the Civil Rights Museum isn't necessarily a place you'd stumble across but is well worth investing an hour-and-a-half or so of your time in. Very much focused on the city's own local history of segregation, rather than attempting to give the wider view, it's a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was very nice and enjoyable. Very educational a must see for children and adults. It is not a large place but it tells the story we need to all remember.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Well done exhibits. Especially enjoyed the mock up of a lunch counter at Levys department store. also appreciated our excellent guide, who recounted the story of the civil rights movement, especially as it unfolded in savannah, Georgia, (which has the distinction of having peacefully done away with the Jim Crow laws a year ahead of the rest of the south....... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great review of the Civil Rights movement in Savannah. Could use an update to the facility to more appropriately honor those who by their force of will drug Savannah into the modern age in regards to racial equality.

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Atlanta, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

nice spot to take the kids to and to do alone within walking distance from other historic sites. the price is reasonable and the artifacts are neat. Small but good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This was an excellent opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement that took place in Savannah. I would recommend this to everyone. It talks about the sit-ins, boycotting of local stores, and how African Americans were able to learn a trade and earn money to buy their freedom. The cost was minimal for this exhibit. It is not a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

This museum is a couple blocks off Forsyth Park. We enjoyed our visit. I particularly liked the short movie with its oral histories of Savannah's civil rights fights.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We visited as part of the Freedom Trail Tour. The museum provides a lot of information about Savannah's civil rights and its pioneers. There is a lengthy video of interviews with some of those involved which is shown in theatre set up in a "church" (a nice touch). Something was wrong with the sound equipment and it was nearly impossible... More

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Savannah, Georgia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Charmed by the mystique of Savannah? Be aware that behind the Spanish Moss is a long history not always pleasant. A visit to the Gilbert CR Museum will provide the facts on a side of Savannah history that many visitors never experience, but certainly should. The exhibits are well done and extremely interesting. Just wish there were more. A"must do"... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I loved this little museum. It is small but very well organized and presented, and you learn a lot from your experience there. Most of the exhibits are interactive and engaging for adults and children alike. Very moving at times, I was moved to tears at some of the graphic depictions of the mistakes of the past. Definitely worth a... More

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