Atlanta is a city known for history making events, attractions and very important icons from all walks of life. Atlantans and visitors to the city will corroborate everyday is exciting and filled with great sights and things to do. From the Georgia Aquarium to the World of Coca Cola, Atlanta is the place to visit. The museum is embraced side by side those two attractions. www.civilandhumanrights.org/about-us
Today, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened to the public with a lot of Atlantans, dignitaries, singing and rejoicing. From speeches by Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta to civil rights icon, like Andrew Young and John Lewis, who lived and participated in the events of the civil rights movement. Hundreds were present to witness this history making museum and the $75 million dollar price tag. The museum gives visitors more than memories, but ways they can actually participate and hear, feel and see what protesters experienced in the history of human and civil rights in the 43,000 sq.ft. structure. The tour was very emotional for many, to see how people of color were treated and how equality was only a dream.
The dream broke ground in 2007, and was a dream of civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and was underway by former Mayor Shirley Franklin. Besides the focus on history making issues of the civil rights movement the museum also focuses on issues that the world faces and struggles with today. People from all over the world will be able to relive the struggle and witness the courageous men and women who made freedom possible. Welcome to Atlanta.
Brief information about the museum: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5.p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. A visit can last up to 75 minutes.
Tours are available and can be booked starting at 8:30 a.m.
$15.00 for adults
$13.00 for seniors
$10.00 for children
Open 7 days a week. Location: 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30313
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana
Opening ceremonies for the museum, June 23, 2014