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“Better than expected”

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 / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Very small museum and not what you would expect. My kids learned so much about black history in Savannah. My husband and I are from Canada and we have always wanted to hear more about some of the struggles that took place down south. The woman at the front was so amazing to us and she gave us actual accounts of her life as a youth. Thank you so much for enriching our experience in Savannah!

1  Thank Jen J
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Don't pay for a regular tour group with this. Walk in and pay the fee to tour the museum. It is a nice tribute.

2  Thank Greta M
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Civil Rights is vital for our country to survive! This museum gives you a great snapshot. My suggestion is to tour the First African Baptist Church first and then walk down to this museum.

The tour starts with a documentary film. I suggest you engage the staff with questions, etc. They are all so friendly and knowledgeable ... and eager to share. Talking with the staff will make this tour more worthwhile.

1  Thank Linda K
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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

I recommend for anyone who visits Savannah to go and visit the civil rights museum. We had a fantastic time and learned a lot that I didn't know from the civil rights era. Thank you Me. Cutter!

1  Thank Royce M
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We first went to the museum on a Friday afternoon less than an hour before closing. One of the staff members suggested we return the next day to have the full experience. She was right. We returned on the Saturday morning at 10am sharp and it was worth it. The museum is small but packs a punch. We learned so much about the Civil Rights movement in Savannah. Our tour guide, Mr. Cutter, was so knowledgeable. And he was eager to share all that he knew. There was a short film and interactive displays. We also visited the small gift shop near the entrance. This museum was well worth the visit.

1  Thank Kendra N
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