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Center for Civil and Human Rights

Iconic Civil Rights Museum Renovated for All to Remember

Updated Wed July 23, 2014

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Earlier this year, the iconic National Civil Rights Museum reopened its doors after completing a $27.5 million renovation of the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, Tennessee. The timing is fitting – this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the momentous Civil Rights Act.

We recognize that a critical aspect of education is the preservation and understanding of history, so we’re proud to have supported the museum’s efforts to greatly expand the facility’s reach through this major renovation.

The museum’s Director of Development Beverly T. Sakauye said, “With Georgia-Pacific’s generosity, we were able to surpass our capital goal of $28 million that allowed us to re-invent the Lorraine exhibits and the facility – the first major renovation in 22 years.”

The renovated museum features 260 artifacts, more than 40 new films, oral histories and interactive media, external listening posts, and a contemporary design that guides visitors through five centuries of history that inspired people around the world to stand up for their rights and the rights of others. Voted third among USA Today’s “Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions,” this is a must-see when visiting Memphis.

“With this new immersive and interactive experience, visitors are placed in the moment as never before. The impact is profound! We thank and salute Georgia-Pacific Memphis Cellulose and the Georgia-Pacific Foundation for helping to make this new transformative experience for people of all ages across the nation and globe possible,” Sakauye added.

To learn more about the exhibits at the National Civil Rights Museum, click here.


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