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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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We went on free museum say. Once a year Savannah has a Sunday where you can get into local museums free. Happy we didn't pay, it was neat history, but most everything was signs on the wall to read. While adults may find this interesting, my kids did not. The only part they liked was the food counter and the difference between the races. They need to have more exhibits that are interactive for the kids to enjoy.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

This museum gives a good sense of the history of the civil rights struggle and history in Savannah. My wife and I had a brief tour with Troy Lance who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He was a one man show while we were there covering the admission, administration and touring. The museum has lots of historic photos and we watched a 17 minute video of the history of civil rights in Savannah as seen through the eyes of a number of residents of the city.

While there are a lot of interesting things to see, the museum is in need of an infusion of money and people power to upgrade the quality of the written descriptions accompanying some of the photos and exhibits. Whatever flaws the museum has I would encourage people to visit because it gives a unique perspective to the history of the civil rights movement in Savannah.

1  Thank martyjake
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

A museum dedicated to the preservation of that which most people would rather not see, revisit or discuss, and the only rave reviews are from African-Americans and guilty white liberals who give it a thumbs up simply because it's black. I'm sixty years of age and nobody I know-- white or black-- needs to go to a museum to see what civil rights is all about. Worse, the younger generation doesn't care, content to move forward, as they should. But in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., "If you don't know where you've been, you don't know where you're going." The museum is one thing, but if you want to see an even larger and more accurate exhibition of where the struggle has gotten us as a society, THEN LOOK AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE THIS MUSEUM IS LOCATED: you are only a block or two away from urban blight, street level drug dealers and prostitutes, failing businesses, and HIGH CRIME. As a tourist attraction, Savannah, Georgia, is an attractive nuisance: crime has gone through the roof, the mayor and city council are totally inept, and the chief of police has been caught lying about crime statistics (the police department recently overhauled the way in which crime is reported and filed to lessen and downgrade charges and to discourage citizens from filing reports). YOU ARE NOT SAFE IN SAVANNAH, and this museum is not as impressive as the display you will find surrounding it. The average tourist that spends a day and a half here is easily duped into thinking they've happened upon a quaint city boasting the largest historic district in the United States, but in the Garden of Good and Evil, Evil clearly has an advantage, and the average citizen is outraged at the City's inability to protect and serve.

6  Thank Johnny F
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Focuses narrowly on the movement to integrate Savannah. Museum guide was informative and helpful. Exhibits are a bit worn and dated.

Thank acw613
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

History of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for Afro-Americans in Savannah. Easily found on MLK boulevard. Well worth an hour or two of your time here.

Thank andrewinsavannah
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