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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
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+1 912-777-6099
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10:00 - 17:00
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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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Wonderful historical exhibits with warm, welcoming staff

Don't miss this well-organized display of important Savannah history! Engaging stories are shared by friendly museum staff (shout out to Jessie!) and a well made film helps bring... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't miss this well-organized display of important Savannah history! Engaging stories are shared by friendly museum staff (shout out to Jessie!) and a well made film helps bring to life the exciting civil rights movement and the growth of the NAACP. Learn why Dr. Martin Luther King eventually called Savannah the most integrated city in the south in the 1960s.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum focuses on the civil rights movement as it unfolded in Savannah. The information is presented with interesting and eye-catching displays, as well as a video of first-hand accounts from people who were on the forefront of the movement. It is so important for us all to understand the history of our country, and this small but well-run museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Learned a lot, some in our party discovered informations that changed our perspective. Staff were very friendly, told poignant stories. Glad we went.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is wonderful. It is tiny, but jammed packed full of information. It is specific to the city of Savannah, which was a new perspective to me. The staff was very friendly and had lots of information to share in addition to the exhibits. The history of the building makes this such a great spot for this museum. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This was our first stop in Savannah, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff are very helpful - they explained the lunch counter scene and set up the video, then let us wander. The exhibits are simple, yet so profound. The display of "first elected" politicians with images of those who came before is amazing. Seeing an actual KKK robe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

It was very informative and well set up. Jessie greeted me warmly and showed me around. I was moved to tears several times. The film taught me so much about how organized, brave, gracious, and non-violent the civil rights efforts in Savannah were. Everyone needs to know this information. After the museum I walked around downtown and saw some of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 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 17 November 2016

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 16 November 2016

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 3 November 2016

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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