The Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the United States and the broader worldwide human rights movement. The three-level Center hosts a number of exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, most of them tell the history of the American civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Three permanent exhibitions of the museum:
- Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection
- Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement
- Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement
Located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, the The Center for Civil and Human Rights museum opened to the public in 2014. Plan about 90 minutes for your visit.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. On that evening, he stepped out on the balcony of his Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel to speak with people gathered in the parking lot below the balcony and was shot and killed.
The FBI linked King’s assassination to James Earl Ray, a man who had escaped a Missouri prison and rented a second-floor room near a bathroom that had a view to the motel King was staying at. Ray later tried to rescind his guilty plea. But the case was never reopened and he died in prison in 1998.
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