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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 - 17:00
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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Informative and moving

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days 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 2 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 29 September 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 27 September 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 24 September 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 15 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I'm from Auckland New Zealand and had to return to the place that made such an impression on me several years ago. Still tells the local story of a national experience so well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

A superb museum that takes you through the Civil Rights struggle of African Americans in Savannah. Whilst it explains the era and nationwide struggle then it is Savannah's history with its leaders and institutions that is explained. The graphics, displays, videos and historic building setting are modern, thorough and excellent at taking you through the struggle. Don't miss it.

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