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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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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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Eye opening picture of American history

We were surprised, while in Savannah, to have to search so hard to find any evidence of this fundamental part of the city's history. Glad to find this place and, as Canadians, to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
InTheMuskokas
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Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
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Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were surprised, while in Savannah, to have to search so hard to find any evidence of this fundamental part of the city's history. Glad to find this place and, as Canadians, to gain more insight into the Black American experience.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our trip to this museum was great. There was a lot of Savannah history identified that I was not aware of. The staff was super informative and very attentive.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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 June 28, 2016

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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