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Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum Inc.

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Address: 460 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401-4800
Phone Number: +1 912-777-6099
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Small, yet profound

This was our first stop in Savannah, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff are very helpful - they explained the lunch counter scene and set up the video, then let us wander... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first stop in Savannah, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff are very helpful - they explained the lunch counter scene and set up the video, then let us wander. The exhibits are simple, yet so profound. The display of "first elected" politicians with images of those who came before is amazing. Seeing an actual KKK robe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was very informative and well set up. Jessie greeted me warmly and showed me around. I was moved to tears several times. The film taught me so much about how organized, brave, gracious, and non-violent the civil rights efforts in Savannah were. Everyone needs to know this information. After the museum I walked around downtown and saw some of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a "must see" while you're in Savannah. The non-profit museum is completely focused on the local civil rights history. It's pretty small, but includes such detailed information supported by photographs and audio-visual documentation. Take a guided tour so you don't miss out on any of it and consider making a small donation besides the cost of admission. Stairs... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Roselyn goes above and beyond to make visitors feel comfortable at this museum. She gave a personal tour to several of us and ushered us up to the theater where we watched an important film about the movers of the civil rights movement in Savannah. The exhibits are moving and poignant. I was very happy to support this small but... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So glad we visited this museum which tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah and of how the people involved were able to use non-violent protests with sit-ins and boycotting in order to get their equal rights improved. So much courage.

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Thank Barralsar
Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

It is such a privilege to see the exhibits throughout the museum. Miss Roselyn greeted us and took us for an introductory tour. She was so understanding and patient as I burst into tears at the sight of one of the signs that met us in the first room. She listened as I related my own stories. Having been raised... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

Warning!!! The leaflet which you can find at the visitor centre indicates this museum opens at 10am - in fact it opens at 11am. However, when we turned up shortly after 10am, the kind lady who was indoors opened the building for us (we had to wait outside for her to turn on all the lights and tv screens for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

My love of Savannah has been heightened thanks to Ms. Ross & this wonderful museum. You will learn more about the Civil Rights Movement from the vantage point of the African Americans in Savannah who used non-violent protests and economic boycotts to gain equality for themselves. This is the history you can't find in the history books at school. This... More 

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Enterprise, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

My visit to this museum was well worth the trip to historical Savannah. I was told some facts that don't get printed in some history books. You have to "dig" for the kind of information that you will receive here. Our guide was very knowledgeable and eager to share what she knew about the African American history of Savannah, Ga.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Very informative- I am so glad we took time for this hidden gem of history! The staff shared personal stories and took time to share a lot of the history of Savannah's role In the Civil Rights struggle and the local history. As we toured the rest of our trip, we saw the city with new eyes because of what... More 

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