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“Learned a lot”

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum Inc.
Ranked #40 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 / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Learned a lot”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

This was an excellent opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement that took place in Savannah. I would recommend this to everyone. It talks about the sit-ins, boycotting of local stores, and how African Americans were able to learn a trade and earn money to buy their freedom. The cost was minimal for this exhibit. It is not a large facility but what you learn is worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank Tameika C
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Small but interesting”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

This museum is a couple blocks off Forsyth Park. We enjoyed our visit. I particularly liked the short movie with its oral histories of Savannah's civil rights fights.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank NaomiRT
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Level 6 Contributor
247 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Needs work”
Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

We visited as part of the Freedom Trail Tour. The museum provides a lot of information about Savannah's civil rights and its pioneers. There is a lengthy video of interviews with some of those involved which is shown in theatre set up in a "church" (a nice touch). Something was wrong with the sound equipment and it was nearly impossible to hear which was too bad.

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Savannah, Georgia, USA
Level 6 Contributor
173 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Important Learning Experience”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

Charmed by the mystique of Savannah? Be aware that behind the Spanish Moss is a long history not always pleasant. A visit to the Gilbert CR Museum will provide the facts on a side of Savannah history that many visitors never experience, but certainly should. The exhibits are well done and extremely interesting. Just wish there were more. A"must do" for a well-rounded Savannah trip.

Visited June 2013
4 Thank REED E
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Interesting and moving”
Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

I loved this little museum. It is small but very well organized and presented, and you learn a lot from your experience there. Most of the exhibits are interactive and engaging for adults and children alike. Very moving at times, I was moved to tears at some of the graphic depictions of the mistakes of the past. Definitely worth a visit.

3 Thank Christopher B
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