Civil Rights Museum Set For Grand Re-Opening

By Jamie Mcgriff |

Published 03/28 2014 12:06PM

Updated 03/28 2014 07:11PM

MEMPHIS, TN ( - One week from today, the National Civil Rights Museum will mark its grand re-opening.

A number of special events are planned for the public, including a candlelight vigil on the anniversary of doctor Martin Luther King's Assassination.

At least 10,000 people are expected to attend.

You may think you've seen it all at the National Civil Rights Museum, but the latest major renovations will prove you wrong.

In order to preserve history while capturing the imagination and curiosity of visitors, the museum took a bold step by adding new interactive exhibits.

Some display history going all the way back to Africa, where many men and women were taken, chained, and stuffed into the hull of a slave ship.

"There will be a space that will allow young people who are small enough to crouch down in the body of that slave ship and to feel the inhumanity of what it must have felt like to cross the middle passage going through the West Indies and coming ultimately to America," president of the National Civil Rights Museum Beverly Robertson said.

Robertson said what you will see will be the same civil right's content, but the delivery will be different.

“One of the other exhibits that I love is the Brown versus Board of Education because many people don't realize that change in education took place in two phases. It took place in the courtroom and it took place in the classroom," Robertson said.

The information in the newly renovated museum will be more immersive and more transformative. Giving visitors a glimpse of what it took to move freedom forward.

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