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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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Really moving, thought provoking and informative

The helpful and informative guides really added to the experience and the recordings accompanying some of the displays were shaming but incredibly interesting - a must see when in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The helpful and informative guides really added to the experience and the recordings accompanying some of the displays were shaming but incredibly interesting - a must see when in Savannnah.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the Civil Rights Museum. Savannah is a lovely city but its history of segregation is important to understand. We got there early and were the first people to arrive. To our delight, we were greeted by a lovely staff member who took the time to give us a personal tour. As we talked, she was kind to share... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic detail to history of the Civil Rights movement. Great movie with interviews that help you feel like you were there (if teaching youth about the subject.) I HIGHLY recommend this place to locals and visitors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Before we came to this Museum, I was wondering why Savannah was not among the Southern cities that I remembered having riots during the Civil Rights Era. Now, I know the answer -- which you will need to find out by visiting it! It has great hands-on exhibits that are engaging for people of all ages (we ranged from 24... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Very informative museum. It definitely helps you see Savannah in a different light once you know the history behind the Civil Rights movement there.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

This shows and follows the timeline of the civil rights movement in the Savannah area. There is a $10 entry. It is very informative and makes it very plain the injustices that were inflicted on people of color. A must do for every visitor to Savannah

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

This is a small musuem but what I really enjoyed about visiting this place was the focus of the civil rights struggle in Savannah - not the national civil rights fight. The focus is more on the Jim Crow era. There is a rich history here and it didn't include the violence that took place in other southern cities. The... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

My husband and I were looking forward to bringing our kids to the civil rights museum. As an interracial couple, we want to make sure the children learn about all parts of their heritage. When we entered, the woman working the desk gave me an odd look almost as if I shouldn't be there. A tour had started and instead... More 

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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

It is such an inspiration to see the African American history preserved. It is a rich history, and I am proud this museum is a part of the Savannah culture. Every time I visit I learn new information.I can't wait until this museum can be expanded to tell the history of a culture that really matters in society.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

I visited Civil rights museums in almost every city and this is one of the best. The videos and writings are short and to the point. I highly recommend this museum. The parking lot is on the side of the building.

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