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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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Savannah Civil Rights

This is a great museum within walking distance of downtown and the MLK Visitor's Center. It is not large, but it includes lots of detailed information about Savannah civil rights... read more

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

This is a great museum within walking distance of downtown and the MLK Visitor's Center. It is not large, but it includes lots of detailed information about Savannah civil rights history and was very interesting. The staff is quite helpful. There is an admission fee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visiting during Black History Month added it's own special flavor. So much history and contribution done by the early black folks of Savannah.Way before Montegomery. Another hidden and untold piece of Black history. This is a must see of how blacks were trated and how they were restricted from voting. Seriously can anyone count and tell you how many bubbles... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum offers another perspective to balance out the whitewashed information offered by other tours in Savannah. We learned a lot about the civil rights movement in Savannah and the power of organization.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this museum. The staff are delightful and truly passionate about sharing the history of civil rights in savannah. I will definitely take my family when they come to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learned so much about the Civil Rights movement in Savannah, thanks to the excellent displays and Jessie's informative commentary. It's a story well worth telling and we would recommend that all visitors to Savannah pay the museum a visit.

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Sycamore, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent museum to tell the story of the Civil Rights movement in Savannah. Ms. Jessie and Ms. Roslyn were extremely knowledgeable and shared their personal experiences which really brought the museum exhibits to life. The stories shared in the various exhibits told of daily struggles, visionary leaders, and the ultimate sacrifices and change that should never be forgotten!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were greeted by a very friendly and informative guide who showed us around the museum. The story this museum showcases is so important to Savannah's history. Often, history tours in old towns can gloss over or outright ignore civil rights history and events during/after Reconstruction. So glad we went in!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent museum at the end of the Black History Tour. Very enlightening, especially when it was time to use the rest room. The doors were marked "Colored" and "White". Without thinking, I went into the "White" door and then realized how much I learned about segregation at that moment.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the first stop of my quest for more African American history and I am so glad that i attended! Ms. Roslyn was an amazing and eloquent tour guide that provided knowledge that tied the city of Savannah to the Civil Rights movement. I learned so much that i will definitely continue to research and pass along to my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ms. Roslyn was such an amazing tour guide. She knew so much about local Savannah history. She was very nice and answered any question I had. I definitely recommend this for all ages and races. Learn about the wonderful history of Savannah and how remarkable women and men contributed to the founding of the Civil Rights Movement.

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