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“Wonderful history”

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum Inc.
Ranked #42 of 218 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 15, 2012

I visited Savannah with my mom for 8 days and of all the museums and houses we visited, this was BY FAR the best one. We went to the museum on a Friday morning and the museum director gave us a personal walk through and shared some incredible stories and history. This collection of history is much more interesting and benefical than visiting some of the rich people's homes downtown. This museum is a little further than the vistor's center and not as well publicized, so make sure you seek it out! It is well worth the extra walk (two or three blocks from the visitor's center).

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Enjoyed a great tour here this week during our stay in Savannah. My husband and I were the only ones there on a cold October morning and got a personal tour. As British seniors, it was particularly hard to come to terms with examples of segregation and struggles to overthrow it, at a time when we were growing up and had no conception that such things went on in the world. I am sure there are bigger and better Civil Rights museums, but the small, personal nature of this one, really touched me.

2  Thank MargaretJay
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Named in honor of Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert, an outspoken campaigner for civil rights, the Civil Rights Museum contains a small but important collection of artifacts and memorabilia that document Savannah's role in the fight for civil rights during a turbulent period in America's history. It was due to the efforts of Savannah's African-American community and its many supporters, that Savannah was one of the first cities in America to become desegregated. Among the displays can be seen a genuine Ku Klux Klan robe and mask and a partially burnt KKK cross.

The usual mix of interactive displays, audio-visual exhibits, including a section of a city lunch counter have all helped make the museum the Official Georgia Historical Civil Rights Museum - the only museum to receive such an honor in Georgia.

1  Thank Jim0048
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We stopped here during our African-American City Tour. Wish we had had a longer stay there. We will definitely go back again. It was fascinating. Lots of information about Savannah from the African-American perspective. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We were with a tour group, so we did not have as much time as we would have liked, and I will be definitely going back next time I am in town to take more time.

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