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THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM CELEBRATES GRAND REOPENING

The National Civil Rights Museum, the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, had a grand reopening celebration after an extensive renovation at the museum. The grand reopening weekend opened with an education forum, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act Forum, and a candlelight vigil in the courtyard, commemorating the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Saturday was a full day of activities from a Freedom Forward Parade, the official opening of the doors to the public, performances and speeches from the Freedom Forward main stage and tours of the museum.The renovation includes new exhibitions, creating an enhanced experience that put visitors in the places where history was made. The National Civil Rights Museum has attracted more than 3.5 million visitors since opening in 1991. The museum is one of only five U.S. accredited international sites of conscience and one of the premier heritage and cultural museums in the U.S.

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