Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial Center to reopen with new exhibits

(WTVY) – The information below is from the Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial Center.

(Press release) — MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC) is set to reopen on Wednesday, unveiling new exhibits and updates designed to improve visitors’ understanding of the civil rights movement and the ongoing struggle for justice in the United States

“We are delighted to welcome visitors back to the CRMC after its temporary closure in March 2020 due to COVID-19,” said CRMC Director Tafeni English. “Before the pandemic, we started working with Monadnock Media on renovations that would improve the visitor experience and do a better job of connecting the past to the present. This work is now more important than ever in light of the current moment of racial calculation unleashed by the brutal police murder of George Floyd. “

The CRMC, managed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), opened in 2005 as an interpretive space for the Civil Rights Memorial, located in downtown Montgomery to honor the lives of 40 people killed in course of the modern civil rights movement (1954-1968). Thousands of people visit the CRMC each year to learn about the movement and the stories of the people whose names are inscribed on the memorial.

When the CRMC reopens on January 13, visitors will discover several new features, including:

  • a community poem exhibition, compiled by New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander;
  • modifications to the cinema hall and a new film produced by Monadnock Media for the SPLC, Apathy is not an option;
  • An educational video presentation activated by the movement of the modern civil rights movement in the first gallery;
  • booths showcasing the history of the memorial, including its design and video of the 1989 dedication ceremony;
  • and an interactive table that allows visitors to learn more about the martyrs and the key dates of the movement.

Updates also include a high-definition mural in the hallway between the Martyrs Hall and the final gallery showcasing major social justice events of recent years. An interactive tool is also available for more information on contemporary social justice issues such as criminal justice reform, economic justice, voting rights and more.

“The reopening of the CRMC comes at just the right time as our country grapples with efforts to prevent the teaching of an honest history about race and racism in our schools,” said Margaret Huang, President and CEO of the SPLC. “The CMRC and museums across the country can help fill these gaps. I am delighted that the CRMC is reopening to once again help visitors understand the truth about the history of civil rights advocacy in this country.

The CRMC will reopen with certain restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors will be required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks. Space will also be limited to groups of up to 20 people. Hours of operation are Wednesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT. The gift shop will remain closed until further notice.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vacation and Black History Month, admission will be free until February 2022. Visitors must register online to purchase tickets. here.

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